In 2008 the first Blue Day was held. And community groups, schools, and people across the area embraced the idea.
An annual fundraiser that will boost the coffers of a much-loved local charity – the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
And here we are again, five years and six Blue Days down the line, with an incredible £194,000 already raised, launching Blue Day 2013.
To say it’s been a success since it began is an understatement,
From simply dressing up in blue and shaking a bucket, to a gig at the Wedgewood Rooms, the baking of hundreds of blue cakes, to the seafront Big Blue Walk, it seems every kind of fundraising attempt has been made to help the cause.
So we hope that this years can match the success of previous ones.
Yes, we live in straitened times and pressures on household budgets are tighter than ever.
But as last week’s record-breaking Comic Relief shows, for the right event at the right time people are still willing to dig deep.
Blue Day is Portsmouth’s own Comic Relief.
It matters because it is by our own community, for our own community.
The words of Tom Prince’s mum Adele sum it up entirely.
She says: ‘We never in our wildest dream thought it would get this big.
‘To say we’re overwhelmed is an understatement.’
And so are we.
Overwhelmed that year after year you dig deep and make it a success.
So please, make a note of the date – Friday April 19, and do something, anything to help on Blue Day.
Let’s make Blue Day 2013 the biggest and best ever.
Let’s help push the Tom Prince Cancer Trust that bit closer to its £1m target.