THE family of Tom Prince have sent out a huge heartfelt thanks to the community after more than £20,000 was raised from this year’s Blue Day.
On Friday, April 20, organisations and schools from Portsmouth and across the surrounding area got together to dress in blue and raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
A total of £20,110 has been raised from this year’s event which also included the second Big Blue Walk along Southsea and the Big Blue Do – a concert held at the Wedgewood Rooms.
And over the past six Blue Days, almost £200,000 has been raised for the charity so far.
The trust was set up in memory of Pompey fan Tom who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma just before his 16th birthday.
The total raised since the charity was set up in 2004 now stands at around £685,000.
Clinton Prince, Tom’s dad, pictured left, told The News: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic.
‘We are over the moon. We are blown over by everybody’s generosity.
‘It’s a good uptake. A lot of enjoyment was had on the day.
‘It just shows you how much it means to everybody.’
Even more companies got on board to support this year’s Blue Day including Stagecoach, Brittany Ferries and borough councils in Gosport and Fareham.
Tom’s family is aiming to raise £1m to fund research into osteosarcoma.
‘At the end of the day if we can benefit some other child then it’s all worth it,’ added Clinton, from Southsea.
‘Hopefully we can give a big boost to fund some sort of cure for it. That’s our main objective.
‘We want to be able to go to the government and say that the people of Portsmouth have raised £1m.
‘We can’t keep going on like this with children dying.’
He added: ‘Blue Day has been very well received this year.
‘A bit of blue magic comes down and descends on the people of Portsmouth and puts them in good cheer.
‘They look forward to it, they know it’s a local charity.
‘With all the trouble at Portsmouth Football Club, we still haven’t lost our links with the club.
‘And hats off to The News for the support.
‘It’s been absolutely superb.
‘It’s wonderful how people can still donate to a charity they believe in.’
Clinton had one final message to the thousands of people that got involved in this year’s mammoth fundraiser.
‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart,’ he said.
‘I know times are hard but from the whole of the Prince family thank you very much for your support.
‘It does pull on the heart strings. It means an awful lot.’