Businesses sign up to take part in the first Heroes Day

WE COULD BE HEROES Titchfield Primary pupils with, centre from left, Danny Glavin and Richard Hollington's father Robin
WE COULD BE HEROES Titchfield Primary pupils with, centre from left, Danny Glavin and Richard Hollington's father Robin
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WE made a rallying call for people to take part in Heroes Day. And already businesses, schools and organisations have pledged their support for the extraordinary fundraising event that has the potential to raise tens of thousands for Help for Heroes.

As reported in The News yesterday, we want people to get behind Heroes Day – a fun charity fundraiser inspired by the memory of Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who attended Purbrook Park School.

Heroes Day, on October 21, will see people across our area – and all over the country – raise cash for Help for Heroes.

Staff at Tesco superstore in Havant have pledged their support.

Liz Jones, community champion, said: ‘We want to take part, especially because it’s a local man who lost his life.

‘We have got a lad that worked for Tesco whose gone to Afghanistan and his mum still works here, so it’s close to everyone. We think of him every day and hope he’s safe.’

Mrs Jones said she will dress up as Florence Nightingale.

Emsworth Business Association, which represents shops in Emsworth, has also pledged support.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, from the association, said: ‘Like people have got behind St George’s Day, they will get behind this.’

Staff at Staunton Country Park, in Havant, said they could not wait to wear their hero outfits.

Education officer Kerry Bailey said: ‘Visitors will have to be prepared to see the staff out of their usual uniform and perhaps they will be encouraged to join in too for such a good cause. Personally, it is a struggle to think of just one hero and who inspires me. Acts of generosity and kindness are heroic to me but I think in terms of somebody who has achieved so much I’ll probably come in as Dolly Parton.’

The idea is simple – dress up as your hero for the day. In return for the privilege you pay £1.

The proceeds will help the scores of young men and women left injured by war.

The money-spinner was thought up by Danny Glavin, a friend of Mne Hollington, who died after he was fatally wounded by a blast in Afghanistan.

Children at Titchfield Primary School were involved in the launch day on Wednesday.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

· For more information about Heroes Day check out heroesday.org.uk where there

is a pack for primary schools to download.

· To register to take part send an email to participate@heroesday.org.uk, sending details of the organisation and contact details.

· The News would also like to hear from any organisation who wants to take part.

Please email newsdesk@thenews.co.uk or call Jeff Travis on (023) 9249 2444.

· You can also get involved through Twitter. Use the hashtag #heroesday to let us know what you’ll be doing.