Junior school pledges support to Blue Day again

18/04/13  RS''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) ENGPPP00120130418161008
18/04/13 RS''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) ENGPPP00120130418161008

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FOR one school, Blue Day has been a regular date on the calender and this year is no different.

Wimborne Junior School in Wimborne Road, Southsea, will mark Blue Day by encouraging its students to dress in their favourite blue clothes.

They will also be looking at other activities to help raise the cash including a possible cake sale and face painting.

Blue Day was launched earlier this week and this year marks the 10th anniversary since Tom Prince died.

The 15-year-old died from the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma on the eve of turning 16.

His parents Adele and Clinton decided set up the Tom Prince Cancer Trust to raise money in his memory.

In 2008, they launched Blue Day with The News as Tom was a big Pompey fan and the club had reached the FA Cup semi-final.

Since then, Portsmouth and the surrounding areas turn blue on the Friday before Pompey’s last home game of the season.

So far, seven Blue Days have been held and more than £800,000 has been raised.

And Wimborne Juniors will be one of many schools and businesses to take part on May 2.

Deputy headteacher Sarah Luker said: ‘We have supported Blue Day every year since 2008 and this year is no different.

‘Tom Prince used to attend our school and that is one of the reasons why we decide to support Blue Day.

‘But the reasons behind the day are important and it is important that we raise money for a charity like the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

‘The children learn about the reasons why we do Blue Day and they all know about Tom Prince.’

In recent years, the school has managed to raise between £170 and £200.

Sarah added: ‘We’ve always taken part in Blue Day and, although this year marks the 10th anniversary since Tom passed away, we see every Blue Day as important.

‘We always get the children to dress in blue but in the next couple of weeks, we will decide what else we could do.

‘The school council will decide if they want to do a cake sale again and have their faces painted.

‘I’d encourage other schools and businesses to support the cause because it is a day to have fun, be silly but also raise money for a great cause.’

To register for this year’s Blue Day, visit tomprince.co.uk.

Schools and business who register will appear on The News Roll of Honour list in the paper and our website.

Click here for details on how to get involved in Blue Day