THE family of Tom Prince say they have been overwhelmed by the response to this year’s Blue Day.
Hundreds of people across the city and beyond took part in the sixth Blue Day on Friday in a bid to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
The trust was set up in memory of Pompey fan Tom, who died of bone cancer osteosarcoma at his Southsea home a day before his 16th birthday. The family are aiming to raise £1m for research into the disease.
The heartfelt words of thanks came as Pompey players wore specially-made Blue Day T-shirts before the club’s match against Derby County on Saturday.
People from the charity also stood outside the ground encouraging supporters to make a donation on their way in to Fratton Park.
Tom’s dad, Clinton, said: ‘It’s been tremendous. The good vibe and the take-up of the people in the city has been absolutely fantastic. Everyone seems to want to join in.
‘It fills you with pride. The passion has always been there to raise this £1m to help other children. It’s been overwhelming.
‘There’s such a fantastic vibe.
‘I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart and from my family, to have raised money from Blue Day and in the memory of my son Tom.
‘What we wanted to do is to raise money for research and have a little bit of fun on the way and to spread the passion and the word.
‘Tom would be immensely proud. He would be chuffed.’
Tom’s mum Adele, added: ‘It’s gone really well. In terms of community support, it’s all around us.’