THE game is on for these croupiers as they prepare to host a Blue Day fundraiser at their casino.
Workers in the Grosvenor Casino, Gunwharf Quays, will turn the whole place blue and white to raise money for the event on May 6, held in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
They will also pay for the privilege of wearing Pompey blue clothes, wigs and some will even dye their hair blue in a bid to raise money for the local charity.
The casino’s Mel Newman, who is helping organise the event, said: ‘Loads of the staff here are Pompey supporters so they’re more than happy to have a chance to wear their football tops, and it’s a bit of a novelty for them to get to wear them to work.
‘Everyone’s really looking forward to Blue Day, it brings the staff closer together, the customers love it too and there’s always a great atmosphere on the day.’
The casino has been involved with Blue Day since it began in 2008 and organises fundraising events for the charity bonanza every year.
This year they will fill the building with blue balloons, Pompey flags, footballs, teddies and much more – all of which will be auctioned off at the end of the evening to raise cash for the trust, on top of donations collected throughout the night.
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 the bone cancer osteosarcoma.
They 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.
Tracie Sharp, the casino’s sales manager who is also helping organise their event, said: ‘It’s really important for big companies like ours to get behind local charities and support them because they don’t get financial support for advertising like the national ones do.
‘They have to rely on word of mouth, so anything we can do to help raise the profile of the trust is really important.
‘And the fact that it’s for a children’s cancer makes it even more important – no one likes to see children suffering or in pain so hopefully we can raise a whole lot of money to stop this happening so often.’
To take part in Blue Day you need to register your event at tomprince.co.uk.