Thinking space is special way to celebrate Blue Day

Archie Masters, Lola-Mai George, Ben Tanko, Skyla Van Gelder at Swishers Nursery in Fratton on Blue Day 2016
Archie Masters, Lola-Mai George, Ben Tanko, Skyla Van Gelder at Swishers Nursery in Fratton on Blue Day 2016
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STAFF at a nursery set aside a special area for people to remember and pay respects to those suffering with cancer.

Swishers Nursery in George Street, Fratton, is based at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall.

Manager Joy Tagg decided this year to create a thinking space for anyone who might know a cancer sufferer, or who has lost someone battling the disease, in honour of Tom Prince who suffered from osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

Children were invited to wear blue and had their faces painted in honour of Blue Day.

Staff also spent time explaining what Blue Day is all about and why it happens each year.

Activities included dressing up, making blue flags and blue Pass the Parcel.

Manager Joy Tagg said: ‘I just feel that cancer in children must be so difficult for families.

‘We are focused on children and families and it would be wonderful if, with the work that Tom’s family are doing, some benefits could be felt by children who may be suffering in the future.’

The nursery set aside a blue thinking space with blue balloons and blue raindrops where people could write the names of those who are suffering or have suffered in the past.

Joy added: ‘Families have been in and written the name of someone who has cancer or has had cancer.

‘They all thought it was a good idea.’