Pub staff show their support to Blue Day appeal

CHEERS From left, bar associates Matt Franklin, Chelsea Fitton and duty manager Alex Thomas. Picture: Sarah Standing (13892-6221)
CHEERS From left, bar associates Matt Franklin, Chelsea Fitton and duty manager Alex Thomas. Picture: Sarah Standing (13892-6221)

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PUNTERS will be urged to dig deep into their pockets to show their support for this year’s Blue Day.

Bosses at The Parchment Makers pub in Park Road in Havant were the first to register for this year’s mammoth fundraiser.

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

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

Staff at the pub will be organising a raffle and dressing in blue.

Mark Slingsby, unit manager at the pub, knows Tom’s dad Clinton as he carries out some work at the pub.

He said: ‘We know Clinton and because of what happened to his son, I think it’s a really good cause. We want to help raise some money.

‘More people should get involved in Blue Day. The whole town should do it. It should be a bigger event.

‘In today’s society, everybody knows someone who has had cancer.

‘This does make you feel like you are all part of this community.’

And Mark added he is confident the customers will make donations to the cause.

‘They are quite a community themselves. I have been with the company for 18 years and all the pubs I have worked in have been community pubs.

‘The people within them are like your second family.’

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.