Pompey throw weight behind Blue Day

From left, Pompey manager Andy Awford, Bradley Tarbuck, Ben Close, Dan Hollands and assistant manager Gary Waddock. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150594-3024)
From left, Pompey manager Andy Awford, Bradley Tarbuck, Ben Close, Dan Hollands and assistant manager Gary Waddock. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150594-3024)

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IT IS a day which brings people together and gives them the blues – but in the best possible way.

Blue Day is the annual fundraising bonanza for Portsmouth charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, and once again Pompey have thrown their weight behind the event.

Tom Prince

Tom Prince

The trust was set up by the family of 15-year-old Tom Prince who died from osteosarcoma.

Tom died from the rare bone cancer in 2004 and his parents Adele and Clinton held the first Blue Day, backed by The News, in 2008, the year Pompey won the FA Cup.

There were two Blue Days that year, before the semi-final and the final, so this year’s is the ninth time schools and businesses are being encouraged to wear blue and hold blue-themed activities to raise money for the trust.

This time round, Blue Day is on May 1 – the day before Pompey’s final game of the season.

Manager Andy Awford said: ‘Blue Day is really important for the whole city. We play our part but it is the whole community getting behind it and supporting it which makes it so great.

‘It is such a fantastic cause.’

Tom was a big Pompey fan and it is his love of the club which gave the day its blue theme.

Mr Awford added: ‘When Tom Prince passed away he was a really close friend of the club.

‘He was a big supporter and when he passed away, the club got together with his family and we have supported Blue Day ever since.

‘As a community club, it is very important that we continue to support its good work.’

Dan Hollands said: ‘I did not meet Tom but have heard a lot about him from the staff at Pompey and it is great to see the club and city get behind such a good cause.’

Since it began, around £930,000 has been raised through Blue Day. When they started it, Adele and Clinton set a target of raising £1m.

To help reach that, they have started a new initiative for this year, encouraging restaurants and takeaways to sell raffle tickets and then give away a £20 gift voucher as a prize. The money from the tickets will be donated to the trust.

The Curry Leaf, in Winter Road, Milton, has already expressed an interest in taking part and Clinton hopes others will too.

- To register for Blue Day visit tomprince.co.uk. For more information visit portsmouth.co.uk/news/campaigns/blue-day

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- Linden Homes Southern

- Artisan Framing

- Purbrook Infant School

- Swishers Flc

- SSE

- Little Admirals Pre-school

- Screwfix Portsmouth

- Wimborne Junior School

- Milton Park Primary School

- Medina Primary School

- South Downs College Student’s Union

- Tesco Express Farlington

- Giselle Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts

- Southern Co-operative New Road

- Moorings Way Infant School

- Lake Road Practice