STUNNING Miss Portsmouth City is supporting this year’s Blue Day – and wants the rest of the city to join in too.
Emily Tudor has pledged to fundraise for the charity event which turns the city the colour of its football club in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
This year’s bonanza, backed by Portsmouth FC, will be held on May 6 – the day before Pompey’s last game of the season to Scunthorpe.
Emily, 19, from Waterlooville, says she is looking forward to taking part in the event again.
She said: ‘I’m not sure how I will raise money for Blue Day yet, I’m still coming up with ideas.
‘I helped organise a fashion show for the trust last year when I was at college, so might do something like that again with a blue theme.
‘Blue Day is great fun to get involved with because it brings people together which is good for community and, because the charity is local, people feel a connection with it.
‘Tom’s family are so lovely. It’s such an important cause everyone should help them fundraise.’
This is the fifth Blue Day and all proceeds go to the trust, run by the family of football fanatic Tom, who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma at his Southsea home in 2004.
His mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma hope this year’s Blue Day will raise £25,000 for the trust which will be used to fund research into the condition.
Since setting up the organisation shortly after Tom’s death, the family have generated an outstanding £580,000, and with so many organisations already having committed to fundraising again this year, they hope 2011’s Blue Day will send them soaring towards the eventual £1m target.
Pompey have signed 10 Blue Day T-shirts to be auctioned at a later date, and players will also be wearing T-shirts as they warm up before their last home game this season.
Portsmouth City Council, the Royal Navy and the Spinnaker Tower are also supporting it and have committed to fundraising activities, along with and a host of other organisations in the area.
Adele said: ‘We’re excited about Blue Day this year, hopefully the city will get behind us as they have done in the past.
‘It’s great to get new people on board and involved in Blue Day, but there are also a lot of people who fundraise every year for it and we are so grateful to everyone who does.
‘We appreciate times are hard at the moment but we really hope that we can do just as much this year as in previous years and raise lots of money for the trust.’
If you want to get your name on the Blue Day Roll of Honour, simply decide what event to host, whether it’s a blue cake sale or sponsored blue hair-dye, and register it with the trust.