Kids to throw teabags filled with paint for a Blue Day fun activity

Children and staff from the YMCA Nursery on Whale Island get ready for Blue Day with front sitting deputy manager Alison Murray.
Children and staff from the YMCA Nursery on Whale Island get ready for Blue Day with front sitting deputy manager Alison Murray.
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TEABAGS are to be dipped in buckets of blue paint and thrown at a large shirt-shaped cut-out for our charity fundraiser.

The giant Pompey strip will be painted in the unusual style by youngsters at YMCA Nursery, on Whale Island, as part of our Blue Day 12 on April 20.

It’s the sixth event of its kind held in aid of local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, and we’re calling on readers to help turn the city blue for the charity.

The nursery is just one of the latest organisations to join our campaign, and its staff and children will wear blue on the day, eat blue cakes and paint their faces, while paying for the privilege of doing so.

Organiser Alison Murray, from the nursery, said: ‘We do something for Blue Day every year, we love it here.

‘Given the trouble that Pompey are in just now, it seems more important than ever to get involved.

‘We wanted to show our support to the club while also supporting a great local charity that’s close to our hearts.

‘The kids enjoy it too. It brings them all together and they get a good laugh out of it.’

Children at the nursery will also splash about in blue-coloured water, make glitter pictures and blue hand and footprints which they will make into paper hats.

As with the previous Blue Days, all proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the charity run by Tom’s family.

It was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from bone cancer, osteosarcoma.

The Prince family now works towards a £1m target for research into the rare form of cancer.

Clinton said: ‘I’m really excited about Blue Day this year, but at the moment we’re trying to spread the word and get as many people on board as we can.’

Click here for our Blue Day section