AS fundraisers across the area wear Pompey blue with pride for Blue Day today, we’re asking you to put your hands in your pockets and dig deep for Tom Prince and Chloe Challoner.
Our annual blue bonanza turns the city the colour of its team to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust – the charity run by the family of the avid football fan who died from bone cancer, osteosarcoma.
Every penny made from the event goes to fund research into the disease and help those suffering from the rare cancer, such as Chloe.
The 10-year-old, of Rooksbury Croft in Havant, was diagnosed with the illness eight months ago and has been in and out of hospital since.
She’s had numerous treatments, including chemotherapy and surgery to remove a tumour in her hip.
Chloe now has an artificial bone where the tumour was, which is made out of metal and can be lengthened as she grows.
Inspired by Chloe, teachers at her school, Front Lawn Junior School in Leigh Park, organised an abundance of activities for today’s Blue Day, including building a mile-long blue paper chain and a penalty shoot out. Deputy head Nicki Baker will fly over the school in a plane.
Chloe said: ‘I helped to make the chain and it was fun.
‘It’s nice they are all getting together to do something like this.’
Her mum Becci added: ‘Blue Day has taken on a completely different meaning for us this year.
‘It’s amazing to see that there are people out there who want to help families like us.
‘Children don’t deserve to have this inflicted on them but it happens, so the more money that we can raise to help find a cure and stop it happening to anyone else, the better.’
Having already raised £580,000 for the trust – £150,000 of which was from the previous four Blue Days – the Prince family hope to raise £25,000 today to help push them towards their £1m target.