Blue Day playing cards inspired by bravery of Tom

South Downs College students who are taking part in Blue Day''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13883-1)
South Downs College students who are taking part in Blue Day''Picture: Paul Jacobs (13883-1)
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STUDENTS are celebrating the life of Tom Prince by using their artistic skills to design cards to sell this Blue Day.

The annual fundraiser sees people from across the area host blue-themed events in a bid to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The students from South Downs College in Waterlooville have created playing cards with people they consider to be heroes.

It’s inspired by the bravery of Tom Prince, who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma a day before his 16th birthday.

Paul Parsons, graphic design teacher, said the fact it is a local charity was important.

‘I have had the privilege of meeting the family,’ he said. ‘They are so lovely and kind.

‘Tom passed away when he was just 16. All the students that created the artwork are around the same age.

‘I wanted everyone to be aware of this particular cancer and what it’s all about.

‘Life is so precious and we want to grab the moment.’

The cards feature figures such as Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Charles Dickens.

They will be sold on Blue Day on Friday, April 19, at the college, and then in and around Fratton Park the following day, before Pompey’s home game with Sheffield United.

Mr Parsons added: ‘We did a lot of research about the charity. Tom went through so much and he was never complaining. He did a lot of things for other people.’

Pompey legend Linvoy Primus also designed a card.

To get involved in Blue Day, you need to register your event at

The News will automatically be notified and you will be added to our roll of honour.

Or call (023) 9262 2131 and we can register through the website on your behalf.

Also, the charity is now taking text donations. Send a text to TPCT13 with the amount you wish to donate and then send it to 70070.