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Blue Day is a great success

Staff at The University of Portsmouth Library really did have a Blue Day ! 

(left to right) Michele Game and colleague Tracy Lester


Picture: Malcolm Wells (141258-7699)

Staff at The University of Portsmouth Library really did have a Blue Day ! (left to right) Michele Game and colleague Tracy Lester Picture: Malcolm Wells (141258-7699)

IT WAS a fundraiser to remember as everyone changed colour to celebrate Blue Day.

Schools and businesses throughout Portsmouth and the surrounding areas put on their favourite blue clothes and Pompey tops to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Many held cake sales and raffles to boost the money donated for the 10-year anniversary since 15-year-old Tom died.

Staff at the University of Portsmouth library were keen to show their support for the charity for the second year in a row.

They dressed in blue and wore blue wigs and hats. And they held a cake sale with all donations going to the trust.

But their support was about more than just supporting a local charity.

Michele Game, a library assistant, asked her staff to take part as her son, Joshua, was diagnosed with the same cancer as Tom.

Joshua, 16, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 10.

Michele said: ‘We decided to support Blue Day again this year because my son was diagnosed with the same type of cancer as Tom.

‘He is all better now and he is like any other teenager but it was important for me to support the trust.

‘Last year was our first year supporting it because before then, it was a little too close to home. But this year we wanted to go all-out.’

Joshua had surgery to remove the bone from his thigh to his knee-cap, in 2008, replacing it with a metal prosthesis. He had to learn to walk again but six years on, he is a regular teenager.

Michele added: ‘The staff have had a great day dressing in blue and everyone made a real effort.

‘The cake sale went well and hopefully we have raised lots of money.’

And the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea was busy for a night of live music with the annual Big Blue Gig, which sees bands performing at a fundraising show.

More than 80 organisations signed up for Blue Day and Adele and Clinton Prince, the parents of Tom Prince, were impressed with this year’s fundraising.

Clinton, from Southsea, said: ‘This year met our expectations like Blue Days have in the past.

‘It was a great day and it’s great that so many people from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas took part.

‘It’s touching when people do things off their own back without asking and are happy to give up their free time.

‘We’re now looking forward to the collection at Fratton Park today and I know Tom will be looking down smiling.’

Since the charity started, it has raised around £857,000.

Clinton hopes to add £20,000 to this from Blue Day.

 

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