Blue Day gets a new facelift for 2012 event

Pompey fans Harvey and Grace Laidlaw get ready for Blue Day
Pompey fans Harvey and Grace Laidlaw get ready for Blue Day
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BLUE Day has been given a fresh look this year, as youngsters Harvey and Grace Laidlaw become the new face of the event.

The Pompey-mad siblings from Haslemere Road, Southsea, will now help promote our campaign ran in aid of local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Being the grandchildren of former Pompey captain Joe Laidlaw, the youngsters are used to being in the spotlight and regularly take on the role of mascot for Pompy Legends.

Grace, 11, said: ‘I was really excited when I found out I was going to be on the poster, it’s so cool.

‘I’ve never had my face on anything like that before.’

Pompey manager Michael Appleton and players Scott Allan and Chris Maguire were photographed with the poster at the launch of Blue Day 12.

‘It was funny to see the Pompey players holding posters with my face on it,’ Grace said.

‘I showed all my friends and have got the poster on my wardrobe now.’

This is the sixth event of its kind, and as before we’re calling on organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved by fundraising with the theme of blue.

Harvey, six, said: ‘The picture is nice. I took it into school for show and tell and my teacher put it on the wall.

‘My friends were surprised but they liked it.’

Mum Elise, 39, added: ‘Everyone knows my two because of the mascot work they do.

‘And it’s lovely they’re on it together, I’m so proud of them both.

‘They take things like this in their stride, and are at the age where they enjoy it a lot.

‘I don’t think Harvey realises what a big deal this is yet, maybe in a few years time he will.’

All proceeds from Blue Day go to the charity run by football fanatic 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 works towards a £1m target for research into the rare form of cancer.

Clinton said: ‘We want to get people talking about Blue Day and signing up as soon as possible this year.

‘So we’ve been trying to raise their interests in whatever way we can, by talking to everyone we know and trying to come up with some new ideas.

‘The more excitement we can generate now, the bigger and better Blue Day will be.’