RAY Muscat realises more than most how important Blue Day is, having known young cancer victim Tom Prince.
So as contracts manager at Colas, which is responsible for managing Portsmouth’s roads, he is keen to get on board and support the annual event.
Every one of the 90 Colas vehicles will display a Blue Day poster.
Staff will also be making cakes, dressing in blue and shaking buckets in a bid to raise much-needed cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust for Blue Day, which this year takes place on Friday, April 20.
‘We get involved with Blue Day every year. It’s a worthy cause,’ said Ray.
‘I had known Tom all his life. His mum and dad are good friends of mine. We were all saddened by his death so we support this in any way we can.
‘It galvanises the city and it’s a local charity which is the big thing. People realise it’s a local charity.’
As well as getting involved on the day, staff at Colas will also hold a barbecue in the summer and will donate all proceeds raised towards the trust.
The day takes place before Pompey’s last home game of the season as Tom was a huge supporter.
Ray added: ‘The city seems to have taken hold of the charity. It’s good, especially in this current climate that people are still putting their hands in their pockets.
‘The people here take it on board and like doing it. Most of our staff here are Portsmouth people.’
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 the family shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from osteosarcoma.
The Prince family want to raise £1m for research into the rare form of cancer.
They have raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which has come from the five previous Blue Days.
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section