Ready to raise as much as we can as Blue Day returns

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BLUE Day is back with a bang and this year we want to make it the best one yet!

The annual fundraising bonanza will take place on Friday, April 19 – the day before Pompey’s final home game of the season against Sheffield United.

BACKING BLUE DAY Pompey manager Guy Whittingham with a Blue Day 2013 poster. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13705-323)

BACKING BLUE DAY Pompey manager Guy Whittingham with a Blue Day 2013 poster. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13705-323)

Once again we are encouraging people across the city and beyond to dress up in blue and help raise even more money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The charity was set up in memory of Tom who died of osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, just a day before he turned 16.

Money raised is going towards research to help find a cure.

Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham said the club is very proud to be associated with Blue Day.

‘Everybody realises that this is a family-orientated club so anything that brings people together is fantastic,’ he said. ‘It just emphasises the hard work that goes on in the community.

‘People want to join in.

‘We want to do as much as we can to help all the events going on.

‘It’s a good opportunity for the community to get together and put on lots of events with great support and hopefully something that the younger generation can be a part of.’

Pompey captain Johnny Ertl added: ‘Blue Day is great.

‘It’s for Tom in memory of him.

‘All the lads know about this and we support this charity as best as we can.’

Plans are being made across the area to celebrate Blue Day, including the return of the Big Blue Gig at the Wedgewood Rooms. The Spinnaker Tower will be lit up blue on the evening of April 19.

Many companies have signed up already – including Barclays Bank in Southsea, the University of Portsmouth library and Sainsbury’s in Commercial Road.

And schools are also showing their support including Front Lawn Juniors in Leigh Park and Wimborne Juniors in Southsea – Tom’s old school.

Tom’s mum, Adele Prince, has a message for anyone who might be taking part.

She said: ‘Enjoy it. Have a bit of fun and get your co-workers, friends and family to enjoy it and raise some money for the charity.’