Here’s our slideshow of pictures from a fantastic Blue Day.
The Tom Prince Cancer Trust joins us today in saying thanks to everyone who took part in our annual fundraising spectacular for the charity,
Hundreds of people swapped uniforms for Pompey shirts yesterday as they celebrated a Blue Day to remember.
Across the area, schools and businesses picked their favourite blue outfits to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, founded by the family of the young Pompey fan who died on the eve of his 16th birthday.
Cake sales were also held along with raffles, bucket collections and a penalty shoot-out.
Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun which is great to see.Adele Prince
Staff at SSE, in Havant, sold raffle tickets and cakes all day in a bid to top last year’s total. The call centre, on Penner Road, gets involved in Blue Day every year.
Alison Savage, facilities management assistant, said: ‘We love taking part in Blue Day and we support it every year.
‘Our colleague Debbie Lewington organises it every year because her daughter Georgia went to the same school as Tom.
‘It is a great opportunity to raise money and have a little fun with the dressing up.’
This is the ninth time people across Portsmouth and the surrounding area have come together to support Blue Day.
So far more than £250,000 has been raised through Blue Day with the Tom Prince Cancer Trust raising £930,000 of its £1m aim.
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Tom’s mother, Adele Prince, from Southsea, said: ‘Yesterday was a brilliant day and we were really pleased with all the support we had.
‘It is great to see people who have supported us for years sign up again. Knowing they want to carry on fundraising for the trust is great.
‘But it is also fantastic to see people who are joining in for the first time.
‘Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun which is great to see.’
The Prince family had stands raising awareness about the trust in Guildhall Square, in Portsmouth, and Palmerston Road, in Southsea.
Adele added: ‘It was great to have people coming up to wishing us good luck and telling us they were taking part in Blue Day.
‘It really does put a smile on your face.
‘It was good to be able to tell people who didn’t know what Blue Day was how it started and what we are trying to do.’
Adele said she hoped they could reach the £1m this year.
‘It would so good to reach the target after this year’s Blue Day but we may need the help of next year,’ she said.
From crazy wigs to outstanding costumes, Blue Day was celebrated in style.
Businesses from across the city were involved in different activities as well as wearing blue.
Employees from Ahmarra Door Solutions, in Farlington, dressed in wigs, as wizards and in Pompey shirts.
In Havant, Tesco staff at the Metro store in Leigh Park, had blue hair and balloons.
The Sainsbury’s Waterlooville store got a visit from Pompey in the Community mascot Nelson.
Schools also joined in with the fun with pupils at Cottage Grove Primary School, in Southsea, challenging teachers to a penalty shoot out.
Headteacher Polly Honeychurch said: ‘The Tom Prince Cancer Trust is one of the charities we support every year and this event is a very easy one for us to take part in.’
Tom Prince’s former school Priory, in Southsea, also took part with children ditching their uniform for blue clothes.
Headteacher James Humphries said: ‘It is a very important charity for us.
‘Every year we award one child with the Tom Prince Award for Endeavour in Sport.’