HERE’S a way to back our mammoth Blue Day fundraiser that’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.
Our Big Blue Walk is a sponsored trek along the seafront in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
It’s hoped hundreds of readers will hit the beach kitted out in Pompey blue to raise cash for the trust on Blue Day, which falls on May 6.
Walkers will leave from outside the Blue Reef Aquarium, head along the seafront past Southsea Castle and Speakers Corner, and then travel back along the pavement to finish the mile-and-a-half journey back at the starting point.
Mark Acheson, deputy editor of The News, said: ‘We really want to make this year’s Blue Day the biggest one yet and while we still want lots of people to do their own events, we thought we would do one too.
‘It’s not strenuous, it’s just a bit of fun to raise lots of money for the trust and get people together – if I can do it then anyone can.
‘We are really grateful that Portsmouth City Council has let us host this event down on the seafront and hope lots of people from all over the area will join us and help make this year’s Blue Day one to remember.’
The council has organised stewards for the event and anyone who wants to take part simply needs to register, collect sponsors and turn up for 6pm ready to take part. This is the fifth Blue Day and as always all profits will go the trust, set up by Tom’s family shortly after his death from teenage bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in 2004. 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.
Adele said: ‘It’s great when people organise their own events but not everyone knows how to, so this walk is a really good way for them to get involved because they don’t have to worry about any of that. And the fact it’s happening later in the day means people can come after work, with their families or friends and enjoy taking part in Blue Day, even if their work or school isn’t doing anything.’
To take part in The News’ Blue Day walk you need to register at tomprince.co.uk where sponsor forms can also be downloaded.