Thank you for making Blue Day a big hit again

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The year we launched Blue Day, Pompey were crowned FA Cup champions and finished eighth in the Premier League.

The club’s fortunes may have changed dramatically since then.

But six years on, there is one thing that remains the same – the support you keep on giving our day of fun.

As today’s coverage of The News’ annual fundraiser for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust shows, the backing from people of all ages across our area shows the strength of feeling for such a worthy cause.

We started Blue Day to help the charity in its bid to find a cure for osteosarcoma – the rare form of bone cancer which Tom Prince died from in 2003.

Ever since, his parents Adele and Clinton have worked tirelessly to raise funds.

And you’ve played a key part in their efforts by showing sterling support.

Once again you amazed us with unique and funny fundraising tactics, from dressing in blue and donning hats and wigs, to cake sales and raffles.

It proved a great day for schools, businesses, family and friends to join the community spirit

For others it was simply a case of paying for the privilege of dressing in blue for the day.

The strength of feeling can be seen on page three today, with the story of Joshua Game.

The 16-year-old was diagnosed with the same form of cancer as Tom six years ago.

After making a full recovery, Joshua was desperate to play his part in getting behind the cause this time around.

Whatever your incentive for joining in, today we send our appreciation to the hundreds who took the time to help.

When it comes to putting your hands in your pockets, you always respond.

After a positive end to the season, the feelgood factor is back at Fratton Park about Pompey’s future.

But however they fare on the pitch, we know – just like the club’s loyal supporters – that you’ll continue to back Blue Day every step of the way.