PROUD children will be dressing up in Help for Heroes colours on a fundraising day to mark the ultimate sacrifice of a local marine.
Dozens of youngsters at Horndean Infants will trade their school uniform for red, dark blue or light blue clothes on Heroes Day this Friday – inspired by the memory of Richard Hollington from Petersfield who was fatally wounded by a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
The colours are those of the armed forces charity Help for Heroes which supports wounded, injured or sick British servicemen and women.
Charlie Oliver, six, plans to dress in red on the day.
He said: ‘Our soldiers need medicine and help to survive – they’ve been fighting in other countries for us and we have to support them.
‘I feel really sad for them because many of them get wounded because they are so brave and do difficult jobs to keep us safe.
‘They risk their lives for other people – what they do is amazing.
‘When I come into school on Friday I will be feeling very happy deep inside knowing that I am helping our heroes.’
Holly Jackson, six, added: ‘We are dressing in the colours of the charity to support the people in the navy, the people in the army and the people who fly planes.
‘We are all very proud of what the soldiers do to protect us.
‘I think my school is doing a very important thing supporting the true heroes.’
Horndean Infants is one of several schools and organisations across the area who will be dressing up to show their support for Heroes Day.
The fundraiser snowballed into a national day on October 21 with the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron after Danny Glavin, a teacher and friend of Mne Hollington, came up with the idea.
Horndean Infants headteacher Becky Greenhalgh said: ‘Help for Heroes is a charity I believe we should all support. It’s one way of helping and showing our respect to the soldiers.
‘It’s important that children, regardless of how young they are, know and appreciate the sacrifices that are made for them.’
Explaining the idea behind the colour scheme, rather than inviting the children to dress up as their heroes, she added: ‘We felt that to come in dressed as Spiderman or Superman wouldn’t actually represent what the charity is about.
‘Mums and dads who are soldiers, sailors and in the air force are the real heroes.’
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 visit the Heroes Day website and follow the link. It is important that participating organisations register first.
· The News would like to hear from any organisation which wants to take part. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jeff Travis on (023) 9249 2444.
· You can get involved through Twitter. Use the hashtag #heroesday
ROLL OF HONOUR
· Portsmouth City Council
· Tesco, Havant
· Staunton Country Park, Havant
· Park Community School, Leigh Park
· Havant Academy
· Fox Associates, Cosham
· Emsworth Business Association
· Vane Recruitment, Portsmouth
· Horndean Infant School
· Jubilee Day Nursery, Steep
· Primary Treasure Chest
· Blue Panda Website Design
· Goodman Masson
· New Forest Sports Massage
· Orkney Islands Council
· Park Community School, Leigh Park
· Havant Borough Council
· East Hampshire District Council
· Larcomes LLP Solicitors, Portsmouth
· Clanfield Junior School
· Mill Rythe Infant School, Hayling Island
· Sharps Copse Primary School, West Leigh
· Royal Marines Association Club
· Garry Fleetwood’s burger van, Fareham
· Highbury College, Portsmouth
· Warblington School
· Steady Steps Preschool, Rowner