PUNTERS are being asked to dig deep as a pub manager gets his bike out in a bid to raise cash for Blue Day.
This year’s fundraiser takes place on Friday, May 2 in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
People are encouraged to dress in blue and take part in blue-themed activities.
Matt Chapman is the general manager at The Marmion pub in Southsea and has been supporting Blue Day for many years, including in his previous job working at The Festing.
On the day, there will be live music at the pub, and Matt will be riding a static bike the equivalent distance from Lands End to John O’Groats along with Luke Threadingham, who was close friends with Tom at school.
Matt said: ‘It’s something that I have taken on board. It’s really close to my heart.
‘In the four years that I have been fundraising I have got to know Clinton and Adele (Tom’s parents) pretty well.
‘We are in the 10th year and we aren’t far off that £1m mark. I want to help them get to that total.
‘Blue Day is a great day. It’s great that the city has taken on board a local charity.
‘It brings the city together, that’s what it’s all about.’
There will also be live music at the pub on the night.
In September Matt is putting a team of cyclists together to ride from Buckingham Palace back to the Southsea pub.
He added: ‘Everyone does stuff on Blue Day and it’s a great thing to do.
‘But for me, this is the 10th year so I just want to try and raise as much as possible to get to that £1m target. I wanted to step it up a little bit. I wanted to do something a bit different.’
The charity was started in memory of Tom Prince who died from bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.
His family decided to start the trust and have organised Blue Day with The News since 2008, the year Pompey won the FA Cup. The first event was the day before the semi-final.
So far, they have raised about £855,000.