Softball league takes part in Blue Day again

The Southsea Sharks 'Picture: JOHN RUSSELL-SANDERS
The Southsea Sharks 'Picture: JOHN RUSSELL-SANDERS

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  • The Solent Softball League raised £1,127 at this year’s tournament
  • It marked ten years since they started fundraising for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust
  • Tom Prince used to watch his dad Clinton and sister Emma play in the league
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RAISING money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust has been at the centre of fundraising by a softball league for a decade.

It has been 10 years since the Solent Softball League started raising money in memory of Tom Prince.

Since we started raising money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, we have raised nearly £18,000.

Andy Burgess

This year, the league’s annual indoor tournament managed to raise £1,127 – the first time it has broken the £1,000 mark.

It was won by Chichester Falcons and Southsea Sharks were the runners-up.

Organiser Andy Burgess said: ‘To raise more than £1,000 was fantastic.

‘It was a great way to mark our 10th year of the tournament. Since we started raising money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, we have raised nearly £18,000.’

The Solent Softball League made the trust its charity of choice for all the events it held.

Tom’s dad Clinton and sister Emma used to play in the league and Tom would often watch.

Andy added: ‘The family joined in 2000.

‘Tom would always come and watch the games.

‘When he passed away and the trust was started, we made them our charity.’

The indoor tournament is always held around Blue Day, which this year falls on May 1.

Schools and businesses will dress in blue and hold blue-themed activities to raise money in memory of Tom, who died on the eve of his 16th birthday.

He died in 2004 from osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer.

His parents Adele and Clinton set up the Tom Prince Cancer Trust with the aim of raising £1m. So far, with the help of Blue Day, £930,000 has been raised.

To register for Blue Day visit tomprince.co.uk.