SHEENA Frost has always let Blue Day go to her head.
She’s supported our annual fundraiser for several years – and this time she’s going to shave her head to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The 32-year-old barmaid at the Druids Arms in Binsteed Road, Portsmouth, has already raised over £1,000 for the head shave which will take place on Blue Day, this Friday.
Sheena, said: ‘I thought there are a lot of people that have cancer. They lose their hair through no choice of their own.
‘So I thought it would be something to do. I have had lots of different reactions.
‘Some people think it’s stupid and some think it’s brilliant.
‘Blue Day is a great idea. Cancer is something close to everybody’s heart.
‘Everyone knows someone that has been affected by it.’
Sheena will wear her hair in bunches and customers will be encouraged to donate £5 to cut off part of it, before it is all shaved off on Friday evening.
So far, £1,134 has been pledged.
Staff at the pub will also be encouraging customers to dress in blue – and putting on blue clothes themselves.
The pub will be decorated with bunting and blue flags and a bucket will be on the bar for people to make donations.
Sue Castellano, landlady of the pub, said: ‘As always, it’s very dear to my heart.
‘I was a Macmillan nurse years ago, before I became a landlady.
‘So to be able to do this for Tom’s parents, Clinton and Adele, means so much to me.
‘I have seen the pain on their faces. It’s horrible.
‘I can’t imagine how it would feel if I lost one of my sons, especially at such a young age, just before his 16th birthday.
‘It’s unbearable to think about.
‘Blue Day is brilliant. It’s one of the best things.
‘For the Tom Prince Cancer Trust to have raised so much over the years is incredible.’
Within the past few years, more than £7,000 has been raised for the trust at the pub.
This Friday’s event is the sixth Blue Day.
It will see people from across the city and beyond dress in blue and take part in blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the charity.
As before, all proceeds go straight to the trust, which is run by Tom’s family.
The trust was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from bone cancer osteosarcoma.
The Prince family want to raise £1m for research into the rare form of cancer to help others.
They have raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which has come from the five previous Blue Days.
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section