LET’S make it the best Blue Day yet! That’s the call today as we launch our annual fundraising special for Pompey fans young and old.
This year’s Blue Day will take place on Friday, April 20 – the day before Pompey’s last home game of the season against Derby County.
Once more we are encouraging Pompey fans to get behind the appeal and raise more cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust – a local charity run by the family of Tom, who was 15 when he died of osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Pompey manager Michael Appleton said the club is delighted to support the event
‘We are happy to be associated with Blue Day,’ he said.
‘The club plays a big role in the community and helps as many good causes as possible.
‘But the Tom Prince Cancer Trust is obviously a cause which is close to the club’s heart.
‘I didn’t know Tom personally, but I’ve heard a lot about how much he was loved and what a brave lad he was.
‘So we want everyone to get behind Blue Day and raise as much money as possible for a great cause.’
The club have vowed to support the event by advertising Blue Day on the big screen and taking part in other events on the day of the Derby County game, when the second fans’ day is set to take place.
Plans are also in place to hold a fundraising concert in the week building up to Blue Day, which will take place at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea.
And the trust is in talks with Portsmouth City Council about repeating last year’s Big Blue Walk along Southsea seafront.
The Spinnaker Tower has been turned blue today to launch the event and organisations such as Portsmouth City Council, Brittany Ferries, First Bus and Cascades Shopping Centre are just some of those already on board.
Tom’s dad, Clinton Prince, said: ‘At the end of the day I know people are struggling but if everybody in Portsmouth put 50p in that would be fantastic.
‘You really wouldn’t miss that.
‘It’s about getting the message out there.
‘Whatever money you raise will be a fantastic bonus. Our aim is to get the £1m for the research.’