Tom’s family hope to hit £700,000 fundraising mark

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THE family of Tom Prince say they are hopeful that the total raised for Blue Day will top last year’s efforts.

The number of registrations for this year’s event, which took place last Friday, increased from 71 to 90, with more schools and businesses signing up to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Blue Day raises money in memory of Tom Prince who died a day before his 16th birthday, of bone cancer osteosarcoma, at his home in Southsea in 2004.

His family set up the charity with a bid to raise £1m for research into the disease.

Tom’s dad Clinton said: ‘There seems to be a much bigger uptake this year. So even if we match last year’s total that would be fantastic.

‘I am hoping that it will be better than last year. It went absolutely brilliantly.

‘Everyone wanted to do their little bit for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and have fun at the same time.

‘It’s nice to see a good portion of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas getting involved.

‘The word is definitely getting put out there a little bit more and that’s definitely down to The News.

‘Because of the awareness in the city, people know what it’s about.’

On Saturday, the Prince family stood outside Fratton Park collecting money from fans before the club’s loss to Derby County. A total of £1,264 was raised from that alone.

Clinton added: ‘I’m a Portsmouth born and bred guy so I have got a lot of mates that go to football. A lot of people were coming up and giving me a hug.

‘It really does make you proud. People expect Blue Day now.’

So far, £664,000 has been raised and £174,000 of that has come from the previous five Blue Days.

Now, the family are hoping to approach the £700,000 mark.

‘It would be lovely to raise £700,000,’ added Clinton.

‘It’s the first time since we started that we can see the light flickering through at the end of the tunnel.

‘If we can go some way towards trying to find a cure for osteosarcoma we can go to our final resting place knowing that we have done something.’