Thanks to everyone who joined the Blue Day fun

6/5/2011 (NEWS) BLUE DAY''The Big Blue Walk took place on Friday 6th May 2011 along Southsea seafront for Blue Day.''Pictured is: The walkers ready to stat the Big Blue Walk.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111669-2705)
6/5/2011 (NEWS) BLUE DAY''The Big Blue Walk took place on Friday 6th May 2011 along Southsea seafront for Blue Day.''Pictured is: The walkers ready to stat the Big Blue Walk.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111669-2705)

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I’m sure that most of the many readers who took part in Blue Day have by now handed in the money they so generously raised in support of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

For those who have not yet had a chance to do so, a reminder that the Lloyds TSB bank has once more this year kindly agreed to handle donations.

Whether you have raised cash or simply want to make a gift to the charity, take cheques or cash (bagged up) to any branch of the bank and tell them the name of your organisation and that the money is for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

On behalf of everyone at The News, I’d like to thank everyone who took part in our annual fundraiser in which we encourage readers to wear Pompey’s famous blue colours and pay for the privilege of doing so.

Again this year schools played a major role in Blue Day and it was great to see so many youngsters dressed in blue and having a great time.

Pompey gave us lots of help and it was clear that children at those schools lucky enough to get a visit from the club’s community bus on the day were thrilled to see Nelson the mascot, club legend Linvoy Primus and the rest of the gang.

A big thank-you too to those who turned out to join a new venture this year, The Big Blue Walk along a section of Southsea seafront.

It was a blustery old evening, so it was good to see a hardy bunch of souls step out into the headwind with determination!

I’m sure it’s a part of Blue Day that will grow in years to come.

If you want to see just how the event went, by the way, then trainee journalist Kimberley Barber, who is studying at Highbury College in Portsmouth, has produced a great video of the occasion.

You can find a link to it on the web version of this column at portsmouth.co.uk

Meanwhile, last word to Tom’s mum Adele.

‘Blue Day makes a significant difference to our fundraising campaign,’ she said. ‘We are really pleased to be part of this annual event. Although the main emphasise for us is to raise funds, it has clearly developed into a day of fun and unity.’