YOUNGSTERS at a Portsmouth school are tuning up to join thousands of others in a Blue Day spectacular tomorrow.
On the eve of the annual fundraising drive organised by The News, children at Copnor Junior School are putting in their final practice for an all-day singathon.
The event will be one of many held across the area as schools, business and individuals all join in the fun to raise cash for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
In a relay effort, the Copnor pupils will mark Blue Day by singing from the moment the school opens at 9am until it closes its doors at 3pm, while dressed in blue.
Each class will alternate in shifts to keep the tunes constantly rolling for the six hours, and in the last half hour the whole school will come together to sing in front of their parents and invited guests.
Organiser Anne Clampett, who teaches year 5 pupils at the school, said: ‘The children are really excited, they love singing and can’t wait for Blue Day.
‘They got to help choose the songs too, so we will be singing some pop songs like the Glee version of Don’t Stop Believing, as well as the traditional school songs that we usually sing.
‘Blue Day is something we have always done. It’s important to the school because it’s for a local charity and it’s something we can all relate to.’
Each of the pupils will pay for the privilege of wearing Pompey blue and collect additional donations from the guests during their finale performance.
This is the fifth Blue Day, organised by The News to aid the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, and as always all profits will go to the trust – a local charity run by the family of the teenager who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma.
The Princes hope to raise £1m to fund research into the disease and this year an abundance of schools, businesses and individuals are holding events to help send them soaring towards the target.
Tom’s father Clinton said: ‘The support has been incredible this year, we’re very impressed with everyone’s efforts.
‘They not only help to raise lots of money for a good cause, but they also help to galvanise the people of Portsmouth and bring them together in strong community spirit.
‘The more people that gel for Blue Day, the clearer our message becomes and if we can stop even one family having to go through what we did then it will all be worthwhile.’
There’s still time to get involved with our blue bonanza. Simply register your event at tomprince.co.uk or call reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170 who will add your name to the Blue Day Roll of Honour.
Don’t forget you can download the official Blue Day theme tune Pompey Be Good – as played in Fratton Park on Monday evening at Pompey’s last home – at portsmouth.co.uk for a recommended donation of £2 to the trust.