THE family of Tom Prince has sent out a heartfelt thank you to all the thousands of people who went blue in memory of their son.
Last Friday saw the seventh Blue Day take place in schools and offices in Portsmouth and beyond.
The aim was to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The charity was set up in 2004 by Tom’s family, after he died of bone cancer osteosarcoma shortly before his 16th birthday.
They want to raise £1m towards research into the disease.
The day saw children arriving at school proudly wearing their Pompey shirts with their faces painted blue.
Office staff made blue cakes and brought them into work, and Co-operative stores across the city put blue and white balloons on display.
Tom’s mum Adele said: ‘I want to say a big thank you. It was a lovely atmosphere.
‘Everyone was pleased to do it which means a lot.
‘We’re passionate about it and we want people to get involved but when we see people having fun out of their own choice, it’s great. It’s lovely to see it all – amazing.
‘What we are doing is important and there’s a valid reason for doing it.
‘It’s great that we have the support. I just hope that it continues.’
The family collected around £1,700 from donations made by Pompey fans outside Fratton Park before the 3-0 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday. It’s not yet known how much was raised overall as money is still coming in.
Tom’s dad Clinton said: ‘It was spectacular.
‘As a family generally it’s very humbling to hear all the nice words that people say about the family.
‘In Tom’s memory, the comments we get are beautiful. It’s just so nice.
‘They know what we are doing it for as well.
‘They believe in the cause.
‘Until we started the trust I don’t think many people of Portsmouth had heard of osteosarcoma.
‘The awareness we have given to people – the importance can’t be stressed enough. It’s fantastic.
‘We are getting very close to our target now.’
To make a donation to the charity please visit the website at tomprince.co.uk.