VIDEO game star Sonic the Hedgehog will be joined by a group of Smurfs as employees from DIY company Screwfix sign up for this year’s Blue Day.
The branch in Anchorage Park in Portsmouth will host the blue characters – and a blue gazebo will be installed on the day. Refreshments will also be provided for staff and blue balloons will be on display as staff bid to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
Assistant manager Chris Dark said: ‘We don’t take part in these sorts of things and I thought “why not?”. It’s a big cause in Portsmouth.
‘A lot of guys are showing a lot of interest now.
‘We thought we would jump in there and try and make it a fun day.’
Chris, who has organised the event, added: ‘It surprises me how so many people live in Portsmouth yet they don’t know about the trust.
‘There’s a lack of awareness about it. It’s great to know that we can do these things.
‘Everyone is looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be a nice day.’
This is the sixth Blue Day and this year the fundraising day will take place on Friday, April 20.
People from across the city and beyond dress in blue and take part in blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the charity.
As before, all proceeds go straight to the trust, which is run by Tom’s family.
The trust was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from bone cancer osteosarcoma.
The Prince family want to raise £1m for research into the rare form of cancer to help others.
They have raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which has come from the five previous Blue Days.
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section