Staff get ready for a dip in a bath crammed full of baked beans

TASTY From left, Sam Boothby, Tracie Sharp, Terry Collins and Paul Bardy will be sitting in a bath of baked beans to raise money for Blue Day. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13854-912
TASTY From left, Sam Boothby, Tracie Sharp, Terry Collins and Paul Bardy will be sitting in a bath of baked beans to raise money for Blue Day. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13854-912
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STAFF from Grosvenor Casino are preparing to have a soak in a bath full of baked beans – to support this year’s Blue Day.

Managers from the casino in Gunwharf Quays will sit in the bath in the window for four hours at a time.

It’s in a bid to help raise cash for Blue Day which sees hundreds of people across the area host blue-themed events in aid of The Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

This year it takes place on Friday, April 19 – a day before Pompey’s final home game of the season against Sheffield United.

Tracie Sharp, sales team manager at the casino, said workers are happy to take part in support the appeal.

‘We take part in Blue Day every year,’ she said.

‘It’s such a good community thing in Portsmouth to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

‘It’s such a worthwhile cause.

‘Everybody tends to wear stupid hats or paints their faces blue for the day.

‘It’s a fun element that I think people like.

‘The staff always get behind it as well.

‘Hopefully people will donate their money.’

This year the team decided to do something a little bit different to raise awareness.

‘We are going to be asking 
people to donate tins of baked beans when they come in,’ Tracie added.

‘It will grab attention, sitting in the window in a bath of baked beans in the middle of Gunwharf Quays.’

Customers and staff will be encouraged to make a donation.

The Prince family want to raise £1m to go towards research into osteosarcoma, which took Tom’s life back in 2004.

So far, £770,000 has been raised to date.

And £194,000 of that total has come from the six previous Blue Days.

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 we will add you to our roll of honour.

Alternatively, please call (023) 9262 2131 and we can register your event through the website on your behalf.

Or to send a text donation, please text TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate and then send it to 70070.