THE Pompey squad today helped launch Blue Day 2011 with a call to all fans to make it the best year ever.
This year’s fundraising event, backed by the support of the football club, will be held on May 6 – the day before Pompey’s last game of the season against Scunthorpe. We are hoping thousands of Pompey fans, young and old, will wear the club’s famous colour for the day and pay for the privilege.
The Spinnaker Tower is blue today to mark the launch and organisations such as Portsmouth City Council, the Royal Navy and Southern Electric are already on board and committed to fundraising.
As before all proceeds will go to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, a local charity run by the family of a boy who died from bone cancer.
Tom’s mum Adele, dad Clinton and sister Emma have raised an outstanding £580,000 since founding the organisation shortly after Tom’s death, and £150,000 of that is from the previous four Blue Days. They hope to make £25,000 at this year’s event towards the eventual aim of £1m.
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.
Players will wear Blue Day T-shirts in their warm-up session before the last home game of the season on April 30. Club ambassador Linvoy Primus said: ‘Everyone at the club is in full support of this year’s Blue Day. It’s a fantastic way to raise funds and awareness for such a worthy cause.
‘Tom had such close links to members of the club so we really want to do everything we can to help make it more successful each year.’
The trust has now received the £12,500 pledged by Pompey fans through shirt and ticket sales which was frozen when the club went into administration.
Portsmouth City Council is also supporting the cause with staff paying to wear blue on May 6. Council leader Gerald Vernon Jackson said: ‘We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Blue Day and we hope to raise as much money as possible for a very worthwhile cause.’
Cascades Shopping Centre, Kings Theatre, Commercial Road Sainsbury’s and the Festing Pub are all holding fundraising events.
Tom’s mum Adele said: ‘Hopefully the city will get behind us as it has done in the past. We appreciate times are hard at the moment but we really hope that we can do just as much this year as in previous years.’