CO-OP stores across the city have pledged their support for this year’s Blue Day in support of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
An impressive total of 19 Co-op stores have registered for this year’s mass fundraising event, which takes place on Friday, April 20.
Blue Day is an annual event which sees hundreds of people from Portsmouth and beyond host blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the trust.
Tina Long, store manager of the Winter Road store in Southsea, is organising a Blue Day week, running competitions and selling raffle tickets in the build up to the big day.
Tina said: ‘We support Blue Day every year.
‘We like to support local charities close to our hearts. The Tom Prince one is one of those.
‘This year I am trying to make it a whole week of fundraising. All the stores in the area are going to be raising funds.
‘It’s such a worthwhile charity, so many people get involved with it. It’s part of the community.
‘Blue Day is successful every year. It’s local and everybody does get involved.
‘They all want to be a part of it.’
Staff at the store will wear blue on the day and some of them will dress as Smurfs, going out on the streets to shake buckets.
Tina added: ‘It’s particularly close to my heart because I have been affected by cancer in my family.
‘The charity is so worthwhile so it’s important that we are able to support it.’
The Tom Prince Cancer Trust was set up in 2004 by Pompey fan Tom’s family, after he lost his battle with bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.
The family is now trying to raise £1m to fund research into the disease.
So far they have raised £664,000. Of that, £174,000 has been from the previous five Blue Days.
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section