Kings Theatre staff join this year’s Blue Day fundraiser

GOING BLUE Emily Dumelow, Chloe Clark, Natalie Black, Erin Petracca, Marie Waserhole, Tabitha Lane, Joanna Bennington and Natalie O'Hara. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13933-3)
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IT’S one of the oldest buildings in Portsmouth – and so it was only right that staff at the Kings Theatre supported a local fundraising event.

Members of staff at the Southsea-based theatre in Albert Road will be backing our big Blue Day fundraiser next week.

Dressing in their Pompey shirts and blue tops, they will be encouraging theatregoers to make a donation for the local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Blue Day sees people from across the area host blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the charity.

This year, it will take place on Friday, April 19.

Sandra Smith from the Kings Theatre, said she has always been a big supporter of the charity.

‘It’s a very worthwhile cause,’ she said.

‘I worked at Portsmouth Football Club at one point so I was aware of Tom being a very big fan. We all want to support the family.

‘It’s a fantastic legacy what the family are doing.

‘They will be helping a lot of other people who may have been through a similar situation.

‘I hope that people donate very generously and that it’s a big success.

‘It’s great that the people of Portsmouth support it every year.’

Staff at the Kings Theatre will be dressing in blue and shaking buckets to encourage customers to make a donation.

There are two performances at the Kings Theatre on the day of children’s production Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.

‘It’s quite nice because it’s a family show so there will be lots of families here with children,’ added Sandra.

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.

The charity was set up in 2004 by his dad Clinton, mum Adele and sister Emma.

Blue Day has been running since 2008.

So far, around £194,000 has been raised from the six previous Blue Days.

And roughly £770,000 has been raised by the charity in total.