BLUE Day is back!
The annual fundraiser for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, inspired and supported by The News, will be held on May 1 this year.
And Tom’s family are urging Pompey supporters to once more get involved in their thousands on the eve of the last match of the season as the charity established in memory of the young fan edges ever closer to the magic £1m mark.
Together with their daughter Emma, Clinton and Adele Prince established the charity after Tom died on the eve of his 16th birthday in 2004, 18 months after he was diagnosed with bone cancer.
In 2008, The News suggested a Blue Day on the eve of Pompey’s FA Cup semi-final against West Bromwich Albion with Pompey fans organising events and paying for the privilege of wearing the club’s blue colours to raise cash for the Trust.
The initiative was so successful that another Blue Day was held to mark the FA Cup final and events have been held every year since.
Adele said that they had made a huge difference to fundraising.
‘We have now raised £930,000 to help research into osteosarcoma and the different Blue Days have made a huge contribution to that.
‘We’re so grateful for all the support we get’ she added.
Emma said that again schools, businesses and individuals were encouraged to register at the charity’s website - tomprince.co.uk - to declare their intention to take part.
Full details of how to donate are on the website and at the Blue Day section of portsmouth.co.uk
And the Tom Prince Cancer Trust site also includes suggested ways in which people can take part.
Emma said: ‘We have had all sorts in the past. It’s great to see so many people staging wacky events and dressing up. We would just love as many people as possible to get involved again this year.’
Mark Waldron, editor of The News said: ‘We are proud to have come up with the idea for Blue Day. It’s a marvellous way for our readers to show their support for Pompey and a great cause.’
We have now raised £930,000 to help research into osteosarcoma and the different Blue Days have made a huge contribution to thatAdele Prince
Osteosarcoma: Cancer that took Tom’s life
Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer, and the sixth most prevalent among children.
Although many different types of cancers, or malignancies, eventually spread to other parts of the skeleton, osteosarcoma is one of the few cancers that actually begins in bones and sometimes spreads elsewhere.
Because osteosarcoma usually develops from osteoblasts (the cells that manufacture growing bone), it most commonly develops in teenagers who are experiencing their adolescent growth spurt.
Boys are twice as likely to have osteosarcoma as girls, and most cases of osteosarcoma involve the bones around the knee.