Tim’s back on the bike in memory of his best pal Tom

CHALLENGE Paul Gamble (left), and Tim Green who were close friends of Tom Prince, will be riding an exercise bike in the Cascades Shopping Centre for Blue Day.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121314-1)
CHALLENGE Paul Gamble (left), and Tim Green who were close friends of Tom Prince, will be riding an exercise bike in the Cascades Shopping Centre for Blue Day. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121314-1)

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BLUE Day is special to many people, but for Tim Green it has extra meaning.

Tom Prince – who our fundraiser is in memory of – was his best friend.

So raising money in honour of his pal, who died of bone cancer, has become an annual mission.

This time around he will be repeating the cycling challenge he took on last year with a group of three friends.

On static exercise bikes, Tim and his friends will each cycle for two hour stints for two days in Cascades Shopping Centre on the weekend of May 5 and 6.

When the lads aren’t on their bikes, they will be shaking their buckets to encourage shoppers to make a donation.

Tim, 22, from Andover Road in Southsea, said: ‘Tom was one of my closest friends. We did quite a lot together and we used to go to Fratton Park together. Being able to do something every year helps in the long run.

‘Tom’s courageous attitude pushes a lot of people on. To go through what he did and not moan once and just to get on with it, me getting on a bike and pulling a couple of muscles doesn’t even come close. That’s the real drive and determination behind it.’

Blue Day, which takes place on Friday, is an annual fundraiser which sees companies and schools across the area take part in blue-related activities in a bid to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

This is the sixth Blue Day and, as before, all proceeds will go straight to the trust.

The Prince family, from Southsea, want to raise £1m for research into the rare form of cancer. They have raised £664,000 to date.

Tim said: ‘Blue Day is a really good event. It gets everybody in Portsmouth from all different ages, backgrounds and social groups to bond together and remember somebody special and we also remember why we are doing this – to make a difference.’

He said after last year, he is preparing for a tough challenge. It was really tough but the mental side of it and the thoughts that are going through your head and the passion drives you on and you forget about the pain,’ he said. ‘You just keep remembering what other people are going through.’

To make a donation, please visit justgiving.com/tgreen

Meanwhile, places are still available for the Big Blue Walk – a mile-and-a-half walk along Southsea seafront, which takes place on Friday at 6pm. Go to tomprince.co.uk

· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section