IT IS one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country and now a group of Tesco stores have added their names to the Blue Day list.
A selection of 15 Tesco Express stores from across the area will be supporting this year’s fundraiser which takes place on Friday, May 2 in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
People are encouraged to dress in blue and take part in blue-themed activities.
It’s the first time that Tesco has supported Blue Day since it started in 2008.
Rob Williams is the operations manager for Tesco Express stores in the area.
He said: ‘For us with the Tesco Express format, we are in the community.
‘I’m Portsmouth born and bred and I know about the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
‘I wanted to get on board with it.
‘It’s important that the local businesses join in.’
All staff at stores will be dressing in blue and some will be selling cakes and decorating stores with balloons.
Rob added: ‘It’s important because Tom was a local lad. So we should be putting back into the community.
‘The generosity in Portsmouth is massive.
‘It’s a great opportunity for all the people who work in Portsmouth to get involved.’
The charity was started in memory of Tom Prince who died from bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.
His family decided to start the trust and have organised Blue Day with The News every year since 2008, the year Pompey won the FA Cup.
The first event was the day before the semi-final.
So far, they have raised about £855,00, with £213,000 of that coming from the previous seven Blue Days.
Rob added: ‘It’s a brilliant charity.
‘They are trying to get to that £1m.
‘If we can get a few thousand pounds and give back then that’s great.
‘Our guys want to take part in fundraising.
‘Cancer affects all of us in some way, shape or form.’