SAILORS on board HMS Hurworth have made a pledge to raise funds for Blue Day and are urging everyone else to do the same.
The Portsmouth-based minehunter’s crew will don Pompey blue for this year’s charity bonanza – and ask everyone to do the same and pay for the privilege in support of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
They hope thousands across the city will join them and hold blue -themed fundraisers on Blue Day, which is happening on May 6 – the day before Pompey’s last game of the season against Scunthorpe.
Navigating officer of the minehunter, Lieutenant Chris Sharp, said: ‘HMS Hurworth’s ship’s company are looking forward to raising as much money as we can for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
‘It’s important for us to support local charities and we will do all we can to support Blue Day.’
All proceedings from the event will go to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, a local charity run by the family of the teenager who died of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, at his Southsea home the day before his 16th birthday.
His mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma hope this year’s Blue Day will raise £25,000 for the trust which will be used to fund research into the disease. Since setting up the organisation shortly after Tom’s death, the family have generated an outstanding £580,000, and with so many organisations already having committed to fundraising again this year, 2011’s Blue Day will send them soaring towards the £1m target.
Pompey will donate £2 of the cost price of a football shirt to the trust and have signed 10 Blue Day T-shirts to be auctioned at a later date.
Portsmouth City Council staff will pay to wear blue on the day and a host of other organisations in the area have committed to fundraising activities, including Southern Electric, Cascades Shopping Centre and Colas.
Emma said: ‘It’s fantastic to have so many people involved already, especially the big organisations like the navy and the council, and I hope it will encourage more people to get on board.
‘Blue Day is all about getting the community together and doing something for the city and I think people really enjoy it because they feel like they are part of it.
‘I’m really looking forward to the event, every one we have is different and I hope this year everyone will have a really good time and raise lots of money for the trust.’
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