WORKING hard burning calories all dressed in blue, these ladies have given this year’s Blue Day a boost already.
The proceeds from the Fit 4 Fun exercise class have been donated to the annual fundraiser, which takes place on Friday, April 20.
Alison Wright, class instructor at the Cockleshell Naval Community Centre in Eastney, decided she wanted to help and raise some cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
She works with Tom’s sister Emma and hopes to have raised around £80 from the day.
‘We have done it for the past few years,’ she said.
‘Ever since I met Emma, I wanted to support them. I wanted to raise funds and raise awareness.
‘All the ladies that attend are local ladies and some of them support Portsmouth.
‘It was a brilliant day and there was a good atmosphere.’
Many of the ladies dressed in blue and the room was decorated.
‘It was very much a community event,’ added Alison.
‘I don’t think we can get our heads round how much it’s grown over the years and how generous people are.
‘But it’s a massive community thing.
‘This time it seems like a bit more of a build up.
‘It’s an extremely worthwhile charity and it’s a little bit personal for me because I know Emma.
‘If we all try a little bit it helps to raise awareness.
‘People are watching their money but the fact that people are still willing to give is great.’
This is the sixth Blue Day and, as before, all proceeds go straight to the trust, which is run by Tom’s family.
It was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from bone cancer osteosarcoma.
The Prince family want to raise £1m for research into the rare form of cancer.
They have raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which has come from the five previous Blue Days.
· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section