ROCKER Redmond Greasley is tuning up to raise some Blue Day cash by writing the theme tune for the charity appeal.
Redmond’s song, Pompey Be Good, is available to download to bring in money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, in memory of a teenager who died from bone cancer.
It will be played throughout Fratton Park during Pompey’s last home game of the season to Norwich on May 2.
Redmond, who wrote the track and performs it, was a friend of Tom’s and works as a painter and decorator.
He said: ‘I’m a singer and I was thinking about how I could get involved with Blue Day. I thought writing a song would be a good idea and a bit of a laugh.
‘It’ll be quality when it’s played in Fratton Park and a bit embarrassing but as long as we can raise lots of money and help keep Tom’s memory going that’s the main thing.’
The 21-year-old, from Milton, recorded the rock‘n’roll single and a whole blues album for the cause.
Every penny raised from sales of the CD will go to the trust.
He has already collected around £350 for the charity, through sales at events, football games and local businesses such as Brewers paint shop in the Pompey Centre, which stocks his album.
This is the first Blue Day to have an official track and as always all profits will go the Tom Prince Cancer Trust – set up by Tom’s family shortly after his death in 2004 from teenage bone cancer osteosarcoma.
Tom’s 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 thrilled to have a theme tune for this year’s blue bonanza.
Clinton said: ‘It’s great to have a song that captures the passion of the city and the event, especially one written by Redmond because he was a good friend of Tom’s. It’s fantastic that Pompey have agreed to play it because that will help us to get our message out to all the fans.
‘We’ve had a good reaction from people so far this year, even in these dark financial times which is nice. Hopefully everyone will get behind us like they have done in the past and help us raise as much money as we possibly can.’
Pompey Be Good is available to download on The News website in return for a donation to the trust.
The family recommend a £2 donation per download. Or you can purchase Redmond’s album from him directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re having an event for Blue Day you need to register it with the trust at tomprince.co.uk.