I love Blue Day – and I’ve got a feeling that this year’s fundraising spectacular is going to be really memorable.
It seems hard to believe that it’s almost three years since The News organised the inaugural Blue Day on the eve of Pompey’s FA Cup semi-final against West Bromwich Albion.
We staged another a few weeks later as Pompey prepared for the final itself, and followed up with similar end-of-season celebrations in 2009 and 2010.
So this year’s Blue Day is the fifth of its kind and we’re sure it will add significantly to the £125,000 or so already raised for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
Once more we’ve linked up with Tom’s parents, Clinton and Adele, and his sister, Emma. The family work tirelessly throughout the year to raise money in memory of Tom, an ardent Pompey fan who died on the eve of his 16th birthday, and it’s great to have established a major date in their fundraising calendar.
We’re thrilled too that Portsmouth Football Club have committed themselves to a series of initiatives to support Blue Day.
This year’s big day is Friday, May 6, on the eve of Pompey’s last match of the season, an away trip to Scunthorpe United. What an incredible boost to Blue Day it would be if the team were still in with a shout of a play-off place in that final match!
Another big focus will be the last home match of the season, against Norwich City on May 2.
There’ll be a bucket collection for the trust at Fratton Park that day and I’m sure the great idea by supporters’ groups to organise a ‘Fans’ Day’ for that match will help get people in the mood to give as much as possible.
We’ll be running regular stories in The News on initiatives that are being planned and, as before, we’re finding that groups and organisations are lining up to pledge support.
We launched the run-up to Blue Day quite early this year, particularly to give schools good time to organise participation before the Easter holidays kick in.
So whether you are a teacher or a parent, a worker at a firm, a member of a club or an individual who wants to join thousands of others in helping this good cause, download the poster at portsmouth.co.uk/blueday and get involved!
You can register your event at the trust’s website, tomprince.co.uk and details will be forwarded to The News. Or contact Blue Day reporter Sheanne Mulholland by phone on (023) 9262 2170 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wear Pompey’s famous blue and pay for the privilege!