ALL the money has been counted up from our Blue Day fundraiser – and here’s the total laid out for all to see.
Hundreds of readers, young and old, got dressed up for our annual event in May in aid of local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
And today we can reveal you collected an astonishing £24,000.
Tom’s family, who set up the charity after the teenager’s death from bone cancer, are ecstatic with the results of your efforts.
His mum Adele said: ‘We’re delighted to have raised so much money – we never know how it’s going to go beforehand so it’s nice to see we still have people’s support.
‘We know it’s difficult for people just now the way things are financially, so it’s lovely that they still pull together to help us out – it means a lot to us.’
Adele, husband Clinton, and daughter Emma, of Haslemere Road, Southsea, were bowled over with everyone’s involvement this year from blue cakes and sausages to bike rides.
But the family was particularly touched by events organised at Front Lawn Junior School in Leigh Park.
Pupils at the school made a mile-long blue chain, took part in sporting activities, and their deputy headteacher Nicky Baker flew over the school in a plane.
They held a minute’s silence for Tom and 10-year-old Chloe Challoner – a fellow pupil who has osteosarcoma, the same bone cancer Tom had.
The Princes asked the youngsters at the school if they would like to announce the event’s final figure.
Clinton said: ‘Everyone at the school got behind us in such a positive way, and they’ve really helped us spread our message and increase awareness about such a rare cancer.
‘We wanted to say thank you to them for that and show Chloe and her family that we are all thinking about them and wish them all the best in the whole wide world.
‘When you have a child with cancer, it can feel like you’re the loneliest parent ever, and that must be nothing in comparison to what the child feels, but we just want Chloe and her family to know they’re not on their own, we’re all here for them.’
The Princes hope to raise £1m for research into the rare cancer and with your help they have generated £604,000 to date – £174,000 from our Blue Days alone.