Punters urged to dig deep at casino to boost Blue Day

HELPING OUT Staff from Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays, front middle, Paul Brady, general manager, with staff, from left, Terry Collins, Nikki McSparron, Izzy Szopinska, Tracie Sharp, Glen Stuart and Jan Froggatt.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121091-4544)
HELPING OUT Staff from Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays, front middle, Paul Brady, general manager, with staff, from left, Terry Collins, Nikki McSparron, Izzy Szopinska, Tracie Sharp, Glen Stuart and Jan Froggatt. Picture: Sarah Standing (121091-4544)
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A casino in Portsmouth will go blue for the day as staff bid to raise cash for this year’s Blue Day.

Blue cakes will be for sale at the Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays and staff will dress in blue and dye their hair for the annual fundraiser.

The event sees hundreds of people across the area host blue-themed events in aid of local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The trust was set up in 2004 by avid Pompey fan Tom’s family, shortly after his death from bone cancer osteosarcoma at the age of 15.

Tracie Sharp, sales manager at the casino, said: ‘It’s something that we’ve done every year that I’ve been here.

‘I have spoken to Tom Prince’s family and they have been in here to see me and tell me about the cause, so I have got a good relationship with the family.

‘It’s a fantastic local charity to give money to.

‘That’s why people want to give money to Blue Day. It’s a big community thing.

‘It’s one day that all the community can get together.

‘It’s great that everybody wants to do something.

‘Even if it’s just dying your hair or dressing in blue, it’s making a statement.’

Tracie will walk around Gunwharf Quays on the day shaking a bucket encouraging shoppers to make a donation.

And she said the public always respond well to the event. ‘Whenever we do it it’s always well received,’ she said.

‘We promote it and we put Portsmouth flags up.

‘People will get 100 per cent behind it.’

Blue Day 2012 is the sixth event of its kind and as before, all proceeds will go to the trust.

This year it takes place on Friday, April 20 – the day before Pompey’s last home game of the season against Derby County.

Tom’s mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma are working tirelessly towards a target of £1m to fund research into the illness.

So far they have raised £664,000 – and £174,000 of that has been from the previous Blue Days.

· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section