Blue Day 2014 is launched!

(left to right) Pompey's  Ricky Holmes, manager Richie Barker, and team captain, Ben Chorley show their support for Blue Day'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14850-1) PPP-140321-164503003
(left to right) Pompey's Ricky Holmes, manager Richie Barker, and team captain, Ben Chorley show their support for Blue Day'''Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14850-1) PPP-140321-164503003
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IT IS a day that inspires funny costumes, blue faces and lots of fundraising and is once again being supported by Pompey.

Blue Day will return to mark the 10th anniversary since 15-year-old Tom Prince died of osteosarcoma.

Tom Prince

Tom Prince

The teenager, who was a massive Pompey fan, died of the rare bone cancer in 2004. Since then, Tom’s parents, Adele and Clinton, set up the Tom Prince Cancer Trust to help fund research into the cancer.

In 2008, the year Pompey won the FA Cup, The News decided to help their fundraising efforts by setting up Blue Day, encouraging people of all ages to get involved by wearing blue and coming up with different ways to raise cash.

May 2 will mark the eighth Blue Day as the push to help Adele and Clinton reach their £1m target continues.

As well as Pompey, several businesses and schools have already signed up.

And at the launch of this year’s event at Fratton Park, Adele said it was great to have the club on board again.

‘Having Pompey play such an active role in this year’s Blue Day is great,’ she said. ‘They have helped launch it and we have arranged a number of events with the club to help promote it.

‘On the last home game of the season, we are allowed a collection and for the last two home games, they will have the Blue Day logo on the big screen.

‘Having the club support us is fantastic because it reaches that wider audience. Thousands of fans will see the Blue Day logo and they will learn about what we are doing and why.’

Fratton Park also houses a banner with the Blue Day logo throughout the year.

Adele added: ‘We have always had good support but this year, the club is going that extra mile. They have agreed to train in the T-shirts before the last home game so we are pleased with their involvement.’

Richie Barker, Pompey manager, said: ‘It is important as a football club we support good causes such as this one, which I understand has raised a significant amount of money in the past few years. I am sure Blue Day will be a huge success and we are delighted to be able to play our part in that.’

The figure raised by the trust now stands at around £855,000 – and £213,000 of that magnificent sum has been raised by the seven Blue Days.

Click here for details on how to help raise money on Blue Day