STUDENTS will embrace the spirit of Blue Day by turning themselves the colour of their city’s football team.
Those at Portsmouth College will have their hair and faces painted blue for the bonanza on May 6 to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The college has been involved with Blue Day every year since it began in 2008, and its students are keen to generate funds for the local charity.
Mandy Raymond, the college’s student liaison officer, said: ‘The face painting and hair spraying is always a favourite with the students and some of them go the whole hog and come in wearing blue from head to toe.
‘They love Blue Day because it’s for a local cause and they feel really close to it.
‘In the past we had students that knew Tom so it’s something the current lot are keen to continue supporting.
‘The nice thing about the event is that it creates a community spirit throughout the whole city and the students are keen to be part of that and it always creates a real buzz in the college.’
This is the fifth Blue Day and, as always, all money raised will go the trust – set up by Tom’s family shortly after his death in 2004 from teenage bone cancer osteosarcoma.
His mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma aim to raise £1m through the trust to fund research into the disease and have generated £580,000 to date – £150,000 of which was from the previous four Blue Days.
The family are keen to see people host activities this year and have designed an A to Z packed full of fundraising ideas for anyone who is looking for a bit of inspiration.
Clinton said: ‘Hopefully everyone will get behind us like they have done in the past and help us raise as much money as we possibly can for the trust.’
Visit tomprince.co.uk to view Blue Day 11’s A to Z guide to fundraising.
Don’t forget you can download the official Blue Day theme tune at portsmouth.co.uk for a suggested donation of £2 to the trust.