IT’S been 10 years since the family of Tom Prince set up a charity in his memory.
Now, they are just £50,000 away from their target of raising £1m to fund research into the bone cancer osteosarcoma, which took Tom’s life the day before his 16th birthday.
Since Pompey fan Tom died, the family have been fundraising tirelessly and their total now sits at £950,000.
Tom’s mum Adele said: ‘It’s an incredible feeling. We have got this far so we will keep going and we will do it. There’s a little buzz of excitement that we are going to do it.
‘It does feel amazing but we know we can’t rest on our laurels because we know we have to work proactively.’
Tom’s dad Clinton added: ‘It’s very satisfying. It’s been a lot of hard work but a few more pushes and we will be there. Along our journey we would just like to say thank you to everybody who has supported us.’
It’s an incredible feelingAdele Prince
Blue Day was first held the day before the FA Cup semi-final in 2008. There was another held the day before the final, which Pompey won.
Now it is the day before Pompey’s final home game of the season, and sees hundreds of people dress in blue or take part in blue-related activities for the charity.
This year, the trust is expecting to raise about £15,000.
‘That makes a big difference,’ said Adele. ‘It’s our biggest annual fundraiser. This year has contributed significantly again.’
Adele said the support from the community has helped them to carry on and push for their target.
‘Portsmouth is an island city and a big community-based city,’ she said.
‘It does mean a lot to us. We don’t take any of it for granted.’
The family have been in touch with the University of Portsmouth, as eventually they would like the money raised to be used there for research into the disease.
‘The goal is to try and keep the money in Portsmouth,’ Clinton added.
Tom was diagnosed in February 2003 with the disease.
The Tom Prince Cancer Trust was set up to keep Tom’s memory alive and to raise £1m to fund cancer research into osteosarcoma and stop others going through the same experience.