Charity event has proved to be a real success story

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It was a simple idea. Each year, get the people of Portsmouth to wear blue, have fun and raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Tom was a big Pompey fan who sadly died of bone cancer at the age of just 16. So Blue Day would be in his memory, but also help to generate funds for vital medical research.

That was the plan when we originally teamed up with the Prince family to launch what has become a popular annual day on the calendar.

Seven years on and an amazing £213,000 has been raised towards the trust’s total of £805,000 – and that is down to YOU.

Blue Day has been such a success because the people of the Portsmouth area have really embraced it.

From the high of an FA Cup win to the low of administration and fears that the club could go out of existence, fans have relished the opportunity to show their love of Pompey – and raise money for the trust.

It’s been fantastic to see so many people, young and old alike, donning blue shirts and wigs and decorating shops and businesses with Pompey’s famous colour.

From those who have put pennies into collecting buckets to those who have raised hundreds of pounds by taking part in sponsored events, we salute you all. You have really bought into the whole ethos of Blue Day.

As Tom’s dad, Clinton, says: ‘It’s amazing that people are so enthusiastic to support the charity and believe in what we want to do with the money.

‘It blows us away with the generosity and the support that has been shown that people are so willing to do this for us.’

He adds that the event is now ‘embedded in the community’ and it is this that pleases us most.

Because what started out as a fun idea is now very much part of people’s lives.

So on behalf of the Prince family, we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your enthusiasm and fundraising efforts.

And remind you that if you want to make a donation, please go to tomprince.co.uk or take the cash to the Lloyds TSB branch in Eastney Road.