Pompey fans to ride around city for Tom

111344_PISA_CYCLE_14/04/11''Pompey Independent Supporters Association will be cycling around Portsmouth to raise money for Blue Day 2011. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (111344-039)
111344_PISA_CYCLE_14/04/11''Pompey Independent Supporters Association will be cycling around Portsmouth to raise money for Blue Day 2011. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (111344-039)

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POMPEY fans will hit the roads on their bikes wearing their team’s colour for a challenging cycle to raise funds for Blue Day.

Members of the Pompey Independent Supporters Association (PISA) will cycle around Portsmouth’s coastline – about 12 miles – starting from and finishing at the Good Companion in Milton.

The bike ride will take place on Blue Day, May 6, in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, and cyclists have already started collecting sponsors and donations.

Organiser Mark Dewing, spokesman for the association, said: ‘We do something for Blue Day every year, but this is one of the biggest. There are already about 15 people who have signed up for it, all with mixed abilities.

‘I wouldn’t say we are keen cyclists, we just want to have a bit of fun with it and make a lot of money for the charity.’

PISA is encouraging members of the public to turn up on the day and join them for the challenge, leaving from the pub at 1pm.

They will first head to Eastern Road and then go clockwise around the city.

There will be a host of fundraising activities taking part in the Good Companion when the cyclists return, including a raffle for a signed Pompey shirt, a watch with the team’s crest on it and many more prizes.

Staff will wear blue, collect donations for the trust and hand over their day’s tips to the cause.

Landlord Adi Manning has also booked a ‘bad taste’ DJ who will play cheesy music and disgruntled punters can pay £1 into the Blue Day donation box to have the tune switched over to something else.

But if another customer prefers the first song, they can pay £2 to have it turned back on again.

Mr Manning said: ‘Everyone is really looking forward to the day and getting involved with the trust, especially because it’s local and it’s for such a good cause.’

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust was set up by the young Pompey fan’s family shortly after his death from teenage bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in 2004.

The family hope to raise £1m through the trust to fund research into the disease. So far they have generated £580,000 – £150,000 of which are from the previous four Blue Days.