Smurfs set to return as Blue Day helpers

(l-r) Garry Farne (corr), Billy Thompson, Tina Long and Phil Hall. ''Staff from Co-op in Winter Road, Southsea dressed as Smurfs for Blueday 2012. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121407-496)

(l-r) Garry Farne (corr), Billy Thompson, Tina Long and Phil Hall. ''Staff from Co-op in Winter Road, Southsea dressed as Smurfs for Blueday 2012. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121407-496)

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DON’T be shocked if you see a couple of Smurfs wandering around your local bank in a few weeks’ time.

Barclays Bank in Southsea has pledged its support to our annual Blue Day fundraiser by dressing up as the children’s characters.

Blue Day 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 takes place on Friday, April 19.

To support the event, staff will be dressing in blue, with some bringing out the Smurf costumes that many wore just last year.

Branch manager Christian Hamman, who will be dressed as Papa Smurf, said: ‘It’s the first thing people think of when they think of something blue.

‘It’s a good cause but the fact that it’s a local charity adds a little bit more to it.

‘Blue Day is fantastic. Clinton and Adele Prince (Tom’s parents) are so lovely as well, that it makes people want to take part and help the cause.

‘It’s brilliant because it gets the whole of Portsmouth involved.

‘People come from all different backgrounds and all different walks of life.

‘No matter how big or small your commitment to it, you can get out and support it.’

All staff will be dressing in blue.

Christian said he was confident customers will embrace Blue Day.

‘It’s a local charity so it resonates better with them,’ he said.

‘I have got some lovely customers who always want to do what they can to support us.’

To get involved in Blue Day, you need to register your event at the charity’s website 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.

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