PUPILS are looking forward to ditching their uniforms on Friday and putting on their favourite blue outfits.
Solent Juniors is just one of many schools in Portsmouth and the surrounding area to register for this year’s Blue Day.
They always enjoy dressing up so they are excited to be taking part in it again this year.Sarah Haydon
The school in Solent Road will be swapping its blue school cardigans and jumpers for Pompey shirts, blue skirts and blue accessories.
It is the third year running that it has signed up for the day, which raises money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The trust was set up in 2004 after Pompey fan Tom Prince died from osteosarcoma – a rare bone cancer.
Sarah Haydon, deputy headteacher, said: ‘This year we asked the school council which charities they would like to support and raise money for.
‘They chose Blue Day because a lot of them remember doing Blue Day last year and it is a local charity.
‘Also, it fundraises for research into children’s cancer, which I think is another reason why the pupils picked it.
‘They always enjoy dressing up so they are excited to be taking part in it again this year.’
Tom’s parents Adele and Clinton set up the trust to raise money for research into osteosarcoma.
They aimed to reach £1m through fundraising.
To help boost donations, The News started Blue Day after Pompey reached the FA Cup semi-final in 2008.
Since then Blue Day has been held every year on the eve of Pompey’s final home game of the season.
It encourages people to dress in blue and hold blue-themed activities.
As well as dressing in blue, pupils from Solent Juniors will hold an assembly talking about the trust.
Ms Haydon added: ‘On Monday, to remind the children that Blue Day is this Friday we held a special assembly.
‘We will be doing the same on Friday to talk about the trust and why it was set up and what it does.’
For more information on Blue Day visit portsmouth.co.uk/news/campaigns/blue-day.
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- Swishers Flc
- Little Admirals Pre-school
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- Portsmouth City Council
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- Tesco Express, Goldsmith Avenue
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- Bluebell Nursing Home
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- Porsche Portsmouth
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- The Fountain Sports Bar
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