The blue buzz is growing ahead of Blue Day

HELPING OUT Staff from Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays get ready for Blue Day.  Picture: Steve Reid (120978-071)
HELPING OUT Staff from Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays get ready for Blue Day. Picture: Steve Reid (120978-071)

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THE excitement of our blue bonanza is spreading as more and more sign up to paint the city the colour of its football team for charity.

Blue Day 12 hopes to see thousands across the area fundraise in aid of local charity Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Many have already registered to take part, including staff at Tiger Tiger, in Gunwharf Quays, following the success of their involvement last year.

They will dress in Pompey’s colour on Blue Day 12 – which is being held on April 20 this year, the day before the club’s last home game of the season to Derby County.

Collection buckets will be placed throughout the pub on the day and the two following days in a bid to boost the amount raised.

Staff will donate their tips to the cause.

Jenna Edwards, general manager of Portsmouth’s Tiger Tiger, said: ‘The charity means a lot to people here, and there’s something touching about the fact that its so local.

‘It’s nice to see Portsmouth come together to support Blue Day, and staff here had such a great time last year when they took part that they wanted to do it again.

‘There’s quite a few football fans here, so I think they like the fact they get to wear their football shirts to work too.’

To help advertise the event and encourage more donations, the inside of the pub will be decorated blue and posters will be displayed throughout the venue.

This is the sixth Blue Day and as before, all proceedings go to the trust which is run by Tom’s family.

It 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 now work tirelessly towards a £1m target for research into the rare form of cancer, and have raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which from previous Blue Days.

Clinton said: ‘I’ve got a good feeling about this year.

‘The fact that we’ve got so many people involved already is very encouraging.

‘The last few years have been a bit doom and gloom for people financially, but I think this year everyone just wants to celebrate.

‘We raised £24,000 from Blue Day last year and it would be fantastic if we could meet that again.

‘Any sum would be great but obviously the more we get the closer it takes us to our £1m target.’

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