Please show your support for Pompey and charity

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SEAN BLACKMAN: Keeping the faith

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It’s big, it’s blue – and it’s back. Today we’re proud to launch this year’s Blue Day, to be held on May 6, and hope Pompey fans do all they can to show a combination of passion and compassion on this special charity day.

Blue Day is a great way of demonstrating your support for the club while at the same time helping the fundraising efforts of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

We may not be in an FA Cup final this time around, but we’ve picked May 6 as it’s the day before Pompey’s final game of the season at Scunthorpe.

Hopefully fans will be looking forward to celebrating a successful end to the club’s first season back in Division One and will help to paint the city blue.

It’s our fifth Blue Day since it all began in 2008 (there were two that year) and £150,000 has been raised so far to fund cancer research in memory of teenage Pompey fan Tom Prince from Southsea.

This year we want to match the £25,000 that was raised last year, but we do need your help.

So please get thinking of ways you can raise money and show your support for Pompey.

Maybe schools and companies could let pupils and workers wear blue items of clothing for the day in return for a donation.

This year the club is lending its full support to the event, donating £2 of the cost price of a Pompey strip to the Trust.

There are also 10 signed Blue Day T-shirts that will be auctioned off.

Players will also wear Blue Day T-shirts in their warm-up session before the last home game of the season against Swansea on April 30.

Meanwhile the Spinnaker Tower is lit up blue today to mark the launch and Portsmouth City Council, the Royal Navy and Southern Electric are all on board to help raise money.

Pompey fans are renowned for the unwavering support they show their team through good and bad times. So we urge you all to show the same kind of support for an extremely worthwhile cause.

We know finances are tight right now, but please give what you can. Every little helps.

Play up Pompey!