THEY have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in their son’s memory and now the parents of Tom Prince have been invited to Downing Street.
Clinton and Adele Prince are to meet Prime Minister David Cameron at a reception in London this week.
The reception is to recognise the work the family have done in the community in the Portsmouth area for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The charity was set up by Tom’s family after he died of rare bone cancer osteosarcoma in October 2004, on the day before his 16th birthday.
They are aiming to raise £1m for research into the disease.
It comes as the family prepare for their annual fundraiser Blue Day, supported by The News, which will take place on Friday, May 2.
Tom’s mum Adele spoke of her shock at receiving the invitation.
She said: ‘I wasn’t expecting that. It was a big surprise.
‘I’m quite shocked. I can’t get my head around it and I still think it’s strange.
‘For us, this is just a way of life.
‘We want to reach this target and we can only do this with the help of the community.
‘We don’t feel as if we need any recognition for it.
‘I feel honoured that we have been invited.
‘But we are just a figurehead and we are representing the community – we haven’t done this on our own.’
So far, £855,000 has been raised for the trust, with £213,000 coming from the previous seven Blue Days.
People across the community have shown their support for Blue Day and for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust in general, by taking part in various fundraising activities all through the year.
The profile of the charity was raised after the first Blue Day in April 2008, when Pompey reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
The club went on to win the FA Cup that year and the second Blue Day was held just before the final
Adele added: ‘We are getting so close to achieving our target.
‘We don’t know how much time we will get to speak to David Cameron.
‘We will get a few minutes to get our point across and we can tell him a bit about what we have done.
‘We are excited about it and we want to make our time with him worthwhile.’
The meeting will take place on Wednesday.