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Of all the community initiatives we have launched over the years, surely none can be bigger than Blue Day.

Set up in 2008, with the first fundraising extravaganza happening on the eve of Pompey’s FA Cup semi-final against West Bromwich Albion, it fast became an annual fixture.

And it’s always great to see so many thousands of readers taking part on the day, all paying for the privilege of wearing Pompey’s famous blue colours to raise money for a wonderful cause.

Every penny raised on Blue Day goes to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, set up in 2004 in memory of the young Pompey fan who died on the eve of his 16th birthday.

The trust raises funds for research into the teenage bone cancer osteosarcoma.

We’re proud to support this family-run charity, headed by Tom’s parents Clinton and Adele and his sister Emma, and are now gearing up for a renewed effort for this year.

Blue Day 2012 is pencilled in for Friday, April 20, the day before Pompey’s last home match of the season.

We’ll be publishing further details nearer the time but I hope readers will start thinking now about how best to raise cash.

Pompey need all the visible support they can get at the moment and wearing blue to raise money for the trust is a great way to support the club and, at the same time, help a local charity.