Three weeks to go until Portsmouth turns blue for Tom Prince for the final time

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THERE are fewer than three weeks to go before the Tom Prince Cancer Trust holds its final Blue Day.

The charity set up in memory of Portsmouth teenager Tom Prince is organising its last annual blue-themed event for Friday, May 4.

Tom Prince with Bubba, the bulldog bought for him by former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp

Tom Prince with Bubba, the bulldog bought for him by former Pompey manager Harry Redknapp

As previously reported in The News, when the trust was set up by Tom’s parents Adele and Clinton they set out to raise £1m — a target they reached in 2016.

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Earlier this year, they donated the money towards research into osteosarcoma which was the rare form of bone cancer Tom died from.

Tom was a much-loved student who, to this day, is missed by those who knew him at Priory school.

Stewart Vaughan

Now, to celebrate the landmark of handing over the cash the Tom Prince Cancer Trust wants to make this year’s Blue Day the best yet.

Already schools and businesses have registered including Tom’s school Priory School, in Southsea.

Stewart Vaughan, headteacher, said: ‘The Tom Prince Cancer Trust is a cause that we have been proud to support for many years.

‘We are looking forward to Blue Day when staff and students can again do all that we can to raise funds for this tremendous charity.

Tom Prince's family - from left:  Adele, Clinton Prince and Emma

Tom Prince's family - from left: Adele, Clinton Prince and Emma

‘Tom was a much-loved student who, to this day, is missed by those who knew him at Priory School.

‘It has been our privilege to offer our support.

‘Their work has been a worthy testament to a wonderful young man.’

Mr Vaughan said his staff and students are trying to raise their biggest total yet to celebrate the final event.

Blue Day fundraisers on a previous sponsored walk from Fratton Park to Gunwharf Quays, with Jade Armstrong taking a group selfie

Blue Day fundraisers on a previous sponsored walk from Fratton Park to Gunwharf Quays, with Jade Armstrong taking a group selfie

‘We are aiming to raise more money that we have ever done before,’ he said.

‘Staff and students will be dressing in blue for the day, and there will be lots of ways students can help to raise funds by buying cakes, sweets, and ice pops and taking part in games and challenges during break times’

Tom sadly died from osteosarcoma in 2004 on the eve of his 16th birthday.

His family started the trust and vowed to raise £1m by holding different fundraisers.

Blue Day was launched in 2008 when Pompey reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. Tom had been a big Pompey fan and the day before the match, the city turned blue with hundreds of people dressing in the colour to show their support.

Since then, it has been an annual event and is supporting by schools, businesses and organisations.

Staff at Portsmouth University in 2016, from left, Matt Hickley, Sophie Jago, and Julie Hobbs 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160596-3)

Staff at Portsmouth University in 2016, from left, Matt Hickley, Sophie Jago, and Julie Hobbs 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160596-3)

Speaking previously, Adele, from Fratton, said: ‘It would be great if this last one by us was as big as the first.

‘We want to celebrate with Portsmouth and show our thanks to everyone who has taken part and Blue Day is a wonderful way to do this.’

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Pompey fan John Westwood entertained residents at the the Bluebell nursing home, Brian Wines, Valerie Davy and Ray Davies last year Picture: Keith Woodland

Pompey fan John Westwood entertained residents at the the Bluebell nursing home, Brian Wines, Valerie Davy and Ray Davies last year Picture: Keith Woodland