Cooking up a treat to help turn the area blue

TASTY Debi Searson with mum Pat Moyle
TASTY Debi Searson with mum Pat Moyle

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THAT takes the cake! Tasty treates in Pompey colours have been baked by fundraisers to help raise cash for Blue Day.

Debi Searson and her mum Pat Moyle, 72, have been busy in the kitchen whipping up a test batch of blue cakes ahead of the big day on May 6.

They will dress in Pompey blue and sell their creations from a stall outside their family business, the Searson Family Funeral Service, on Copnor Road, to collect money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Debi, 44, from Copnor, said: ‘We do something for Blue Day every year, but the past few years the cakes have gone down really well so we decided to do them again.

‘So many people in Portsmouth really push the boat out for Blue Day and it’s always lovely to see the community pull together to help out a local charity.

‘We’ve got to know the Prince family and they are lovely so we really want to do all we can to help them and hope that this year they get more money than ever before,’

This is the fifth Blue Day and as always all money raised will go to the trust, set up in 2004 by Tom’s family shortly after his death from teenage bone cancer, osteosarcoma.

Tom, who died the day before his 16th birthday, was an avid Pompey fan, which is why the event is linked to the club and has a blue theme.

His mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma hope to raise £1m through the trust to fund research into the disease and have generated £580,000 so far – £150,000 from the previous four Blue Days.

Emma said: ‘It’s getting very exciting now. The last week is always really busy with getting everything organised, but we’re really looking forward to it – it’s going to be a great day.’

Schools are being urged to enrol soon and those who do could receive a special visit from Pompey legend Linvoy Primus, chief executive David Lampitt, mascot Nelson and The News’ mascot Chipper in the Pompey bus.

If you’re planning an event, register at