Pompey fans can aid vital fights for survival

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Any time is a good time to be supporting Pompey – and arguably there has never been a better time than at present.

The club’s financial plight has shocked and saddened fans for whom Pompey is an integral part of life.

We hope that the fervour of the club’s supporters – famed throughout the land – will stand it in good stock as administrator Trevor Birch tries to find a buyer.

Above all, supporters will hope for survival as excesses of the past come home to roost at Fratton Park with devastating effect.

But as we hope for that survival, let’s not forget that every day in our midst there are people who are fighting for their own future.

Young and old, they need the support of their friends and family, and of the wider community as they fight illness or injury.

In human terms, those battles for survival are even more vital than that of Portsmouth Football Club.

(Even the great Bill Shankly, whose oft-quoted observation about football being more important than life or death is almost certainly apocryphal, would surely have agreed with that).

And so today we once again give Pompey fans hoping that their club will survive a chance to wear with pride the famous blue colours and raise money to help those facing even greater battles for survival.

We’re proud once more to be launching our annual Blue Day challenge on behalf of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

Since the inaugural day in 2008, thousands of pounds have been raised to fund the fight against osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer and one that is particularly prevalent among children.

Tom, a true Pompey fan, died a day short of his 16th birthday.

In his memory, and for the sake of other children who are facing the same battle as he did, we today ask our generous-hearted readers to rise once more to the challenge.

Every penny counts and we are sure that once more this year thousands will join us to raise money for a deserving charity and to demonstrate an unbreakable love of Portsmouth Football Club.