Blue-ing it for Tom as city school pays tribute to ex-pupil

Children from Wimborne Junior School in Southsea get ready for Blue Day. (left to right), Bradley Carter (eight), Tom Freeman (nine), Billie Fletcher (eight), and Lola Rees-Whelan (eight).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131073-1)
Children from Wimborne Junior School in Southsea get ready for Blue Day. (left to right), Bradley Carter (eight), Tom Freeman (nine), Billie Fletcher (eight), and Lola Rees-Whelan (eight).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131073-1)
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For staff and pupils at Wimborne Junior School in Southsea, Blue Day is very special.

Pompey fan Tom Prince used to go to the Southsea school.

So every year they remember the youngster who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday. All money raised goes to the charity set up in his memory by his family – the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Blue Day is an annual event which sees people across the area host blue-themed events to raise cash.

Sarah Luker, deputy head at the school, said: ‘We’ve been supporting Blue Day for a number of years now.

‘It’s a very worthwhile charity. I like the fact that the majority of schools and companies throughout Portsmouth support this charity and raise awareness of cancer.’

And Mrs Luker added that it makes it that bit more poignant for everyone at the school, especially those who knew and who remember Tom.

‘We have members of staff who were here when Tom came to the school.

‘It’s important not only because he was a pupil at our school but also to make children aware of Tom who went to our school.

‘Also we’ve got a strong ethos of being able to fundraise and raise awareness of children who have gone through difficulties or have suffered with illnesses.

‘There are some children across the city who have not had any experience of someone with cancer or a terminal illness.

‘It helps raise awareness and helps the children understand about this illness.

‘They love taking part in Blue Day. They love the chance to not wear their school uniform or wearing something different, as well as giving their donation to the charity.’

All the children will be wearing something blue to celebrate the day.

Schools encourage youngsters to dress in blue and people make blue cupcakes.

Tom’s family want to raise £1m to go towards research into the disease.

And if you can’t take part today, why not send a donation via text?

Send a text to TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate and then send it to 70070.

Or visit the website at tomprince.co.uk.