IT was a brilliant Blue Day – and now here’s a reminder to make sure the charity cash comes rolling in.
So far a fantastic £13,700 has been donated to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust after our mammoth fundraiser on May 6. But we know many people have yet to bank the cash.
This year’s Blue Day saw the whole community pull together and organise a range of fundraising activities, including one deputy headteacher flying over her school in a plane and a group of shop workers completing a skydive.
Pompey donated over £5,182 pledged by fans through the sale of football shirts – £2 from every shirt sold between April 1 and May 2 went to the local charity.
An impressive £3,000 was raised by Tim Green and friends at their two-day cycle challenge in Cascades Shopping Centre and the trust collected over £1,000 for Blue Day in buckets at Fratton Park during Pompey’s last home game to Norwich.
The charity was set up by Tom’s family shortly after he died from teenage bone cancer, osteosarcoma, the evening before his 16th birthday. Tom’s dad Clinton, mum Adele and sister Emma hope to raise £1m to fund research into the disease and your sterling efforts are sending them soaring towards that figure.
Clinton said: ‘Blue Day seems to have got even better now because more people have heard of us and know why we’re doing it.
‘It was amazing to see all the support we got across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas this year – everyone is feeling the pinch just now and it’s just so heartwarming to see them offer their 50ps and pounds to us for the cause.’
This is the fifth Blue day organised by The News and the Tom Prince Cancer Trust – the first was held in 2008 during Pompey’s FA Cup-winning run.
Emma said: ‘There was a real buzz about the city on Blue Day this year.
‘Everywhere I went I saw posters for it – it’s incredible to see how many people know about it now.
‘And it’s still going on – lots of people have told us that they’re having Blue Day events at the end of the month or in the summertime, or that they are going to keep their cans on the side of their bar for the rest of the year which is brilliant.’
To bank your Blue Day cash, simply head to any Lloyds TSB branch and tell them it’s for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and the name of your organisation.
Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust to 44 Haslemere Road, Southsea, PO4 8AZ or make a donation straight to the charity via Paypal at tomprince.co.uk.