Blue Day holds a very special place in school’s heart

Pupils at Front Lawn Junior School in Leigh Park get ready for Blue Day with Connor Challoner (centre), who is the brother of Chloe Challoner who died from cancer. (left to right back), Harry Welch (nine), Ryan Martin (11), Hannah Roberts (nine), Hannah Prowting (11). Front (left to right), Joe Kelleher (nine), Katherine Johnson (eight), Holly-Ann Mays (10), and Alfie Hider (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13788-1)
Pupils at Front Lawn Junior School in Leigh Park get ready for Blue Day with Connor Challoner (centre), who is the brother of Chloe Challoner who died from cancer. (left to right back), Harry Welch (nine), Ryan Martin (11), Hannah Roberts (nine), Hannah Prowting (11). Front (left to right), Joe Kelleher (nine), Katherine Johnson (eight), Holly-Ann Mays (10), and Alfie Hider (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13788-1)
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REMEMBERING two special people, a school will be backing Blue Day with a range of fundraisers.

Front Lawn Junior School, Broadmere Avenue, Leigh Park, is joining in with the day which is held in memory of Tom Prince who passed away from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, last year.

But, the school has another reason to contribute after pupil, Chloe Challoner, aged 10 (pictured, inset), who also lost her battle with the disease.

The school has arranged for a host of activities that will be bringing in donations for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

For the main event of the day, the school choir will have a sing-off, boys versus girls, to the Bruno Mars song Count On Me.

Parents will then be invited to vote with blue or pink cards for the overall winner.

The children will also be in non-uniform and will be having a cake stall and a raffle all on Blue Day itself, April 19.

Blue Day sees hundreds of school children and local businesses from the area host blue-themed events in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust. The trust was set up in 2004 by avid Pompey fan Tom’s family, after he died a day before his 16th birthday.

Tina Newman, head teacher at Front Lawn Junior School, said: ‘We have always supported Blue Day and it holds a special place in our hearts after losing Chloe, our shining star.

‘Cancer touches so many lives and research is the key to sustaining hope for all our futures.

‘Blue Day is so important in raising vital funds for the continuing research into this unforgiving disease that respects no age. We will be getting up to all sorts of mischief to raise money this year and the office team go a bit crazy with their suggestions for Blue Day.’

To remember both Tom and Chloe, the school is having a theme of blue and pink.

The school will also have a memory tree where each pupil can tie a blue or pink ribbon onto the tree with a personal message of hope.

Blue Day has been running for five years and has so far raised £194,000. The Prince family want to reach £1m for research into osteosarcoma.

If you are planning to take part in this year’s Blue Day, you need to register your event at tomprince.co.uk