TOM Prince used to go and get his hair cut at David Antony hair salon.
And so staff there always pull out all the stops to mark Blue Day in a bid to raise cash in memory of the youngster, who died of a rare form of cancer.
Workers at the hairdresser’s in Winter Road, Southsea, will dress head-to-toe in blue on the day, and will also sell Blue Day cupcakes to clients.
And they will be raffling off a hairdryer and a pair of straighteners, all in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
David Antony, owner, said: ‘Tom was one of our clients. We knew him since he was a little boy so Blue Day is something that’s very close to us.
‘Tom’s parents Adele and Clinton still come in to the salon which is why it’s always been our supported charity over the years.
‘They have just done so much – they really work tirelessly, the whole family. We really feel honoured to be a part of it.
‘I have got two sons and you just can’t get your head around how it must be to lose a son at that age.
‘So to have this in place to raise money for research I think is going to help a lot of people.’
Blue Day is an annual fundraiser which sees companies and schools across the area take part in blue-themed activities in a bid to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
This is the sixth Blue Day and, as before, all proceeds will go straight to the trust, which is run by Tom’s family.
It was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home back in 2004, from osteosarcoma.
The Prince family want to raise £1m to fund research into the rare form of cancer.
They have raised £664,000 to date.
And £174,000 of which has come from the five previous Blue Days.
Mr Antony said: ‘Where it’s in The News so many people know about it because they have already seen it in the paper.
‘It’s fun, everyone enjoys dressing up, it’s a really good day.’
Tickets are still on sale for the Big Blue Do – a musical event with local bands which takes place at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea, on Wednesday.
Tickets cost £6 each. For more information and to buy tickets please visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section