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GOT THE BLUES From left, Holiday Inn staff Ben Stanistreet and Dorota Stepien test Blue Day cupcakes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13914-5838)
GOT THE BLUES From left, Holiday Inn staff Ben Stanistreet and Dorota Stepien test Blue Day cupcakes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13914-5838)

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GUESTS at a Portsmouth hotel will be encouraged to dig deep and make a donation to this year’s Blue Day.

It comes as The Holiday Inn in Pembroke Road will be celebrating this year’s fundraiser which is due to take place on Friday, April 19.

It sees people from across the area host blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Laura Roberts, general manager at the hotel, said: ‘We have had a lot of discussions about making sure that we are part of the community.

‘We saw an article about Blue Day in the paper and we just thought it sounded like a perfect thing for us to be part of and be part of Portsmouth. It’s a great charity.’

All staff will come to work dressed in blue, and they will be making blue cakes to sell to guests at the hotel.

‘It’s an absolutely fantastic idea. It generates a real community spirit. It gives everybody a good feeling to be part of it.’

And Laura, a mum-of-two, said she is fully supportive of the charity.

‘Something like this really pulls at the heart strings,’ she said.

‘There are so many different charities out there. Sometimes it can be a bit of a minefield.

‘It’s good to know that you are raising money and it’s related to the young lad. It’s a sad but inspiring story.

‘We have a huge proportion of our guests who work in Portsmouth regularly. I think they will enjoy being part of something different for the day.’

Tom’s family want to raise £1m towards research into bone cancer osteosarcoma, after he lost his battle with the disease a day before his 16th birthday.

To get involved, you need to register by visiting tomprince.co.uk.

The News will automatically be notified and you will be added to our roll of honour.

Alternatively, you can also call (023) 9262 2131 and we can register through the website on your behalf.

Also, the charity is now taking text donations. Send a text to TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate and then send it to 70070.