Kev the kitman plays it cool to help raise cash for our Blue Day appeal

PLAYING IN COOL Kev McCormack in the ice bath with supporters behind him
PLAYING IN COOL Kev McCormack in the ice bath with supporters behind him
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THOUSANDS of people have been doing wild and wacky things to raise money for our Blue Day cause – but few actually risked turning blue.

Step forward then Pompey’s kit man Kev McCormack who took a dip in a bath full of ice at Fratton Park yesterday.

The 44-year-old former Royal Marine and Commonwealth Games boxer braved the sub-zero temperatures for 15 minutes in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

He said: ‘I thought I’d go blue with the cold but I actually went bright red. It was freezing but strangely I quite enjoyed it.

‘I’d run from Waterlooville to Fratton Park before I did it so it was a nice way to cool down.’

The fundraiser was a trip down memory lane for the title-winning boxer.

He said: ‘When I was boxing I used to take an ice bath now and again but I’d only go in for two minutes, not 15.

‘It felt like quite a long time. I couldn’t feel my legs or arms.

‘It took a while for me to thaw out but it was actually quite refreshing.

‘It makes you come alive.’

Kev’s stunt comes on the back of losing an incredible five stone in just four months.

The 6ft 4in kit man is in the middle of a strict weight-loss and exercise regime that has seen him drop from 23 stone to 18 in just 16 weeks.

He said: ‘I got too heavy. I’d always been a fit man with my boxing but I got a couple of injuries and stopped training and got way too heavy.

‘So I’ve started training again and I’m back in the boxing gym. I’ve also been going to Slimming World and the weight has come right off me. I’ve got about another stone to go to reach my target.’

The News’ annual charity fundraising event has helped the Tom Prince Cancer Trust raise £580,000.

This year’s event was held last Friday and hopes to have raised thousands more for the charity, which is run by the family of avid young Pompey fan Tom Prince who died from bone cancer, osteosarcoma.

People from all around the area have been doing their bit to help raise money to reach their £1m target.

Mr McCormack, who has been at Pompey for the last 12 years, said: ‘It’s such a good cause.

‘I knew Tom and the family really well and what they are doing is fantastic.

‘It’s really good people from all over the Portsmouth area have been giving money and hopefully they can reach their target.’

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