STAFF at a home improvement store will be turning their shop blue to help one of the city’s biggest annual charity events.
Screwfix, in Williams Road, Portsmouth, has signed up to take part in this year’s Blue Day.
The annual event is back for the seventh year to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, in memory of teenager Tom Prince who died of a rare bone cancer.
Screwfix manager Steve Whiteaway said it is the fourth year his store has been involved.
He said: ‘We usually have a themed day.
‘Last year we all dressed up as Smurfs, which was great fun and is also a way of getting as many people as we can involved.
‘Everyone enjoys taking part as it’s a really local charity.
‘Being a local business means that many of our staff and customers know of the family and about what happened.
‘It’s nice to be able to help in some way to raise as much money as we possibly can for the cause.’
Tom loved football and played for three teams as well as being a dedicated fan of Portsmouth FC.
However, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a bone cancer – in 2003 and after a year-long battle, he died on the eve of his 16th birthday.
Blue Day was set up in his memory in 2008 by his parents Adele and Clinton Prince in collaboration with The News and was first held the day before Pompey’s FA Cup semi-final against West Bromwich Albion.
People of Portsmouth joined together and shops, schools, offices and streets held blue-themed fundraisers, raising £50,000 for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
This year Blue Day will be held on Friday, May 1 and various schools and businesses will take part to support the trust.
Clinton and Adele hope to raise £1m through Blue Day and have reached £930,000 so far.
There will be a host of fun activities at Screwfix on the day, including a car wash, football matches against other stores as well as a sponsored shave.
Other stores, organisations, schools and groups are being encouraged to take part. To register go to tomprince.co.uk.