Forget pop stars...our family are heroes to us

Christina Henderson's dad, who is in the navy, is her hero with Elyssa Fanning whose uncle in the army is her hero
Christina Henderson's dad, who is in the navy, is her hero with Elyssa Fanning whose uncle in the army is her hero
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TO SOME the idea of a hero conjures up images of famous footballers or pop stars.

But for many of the children at Clanfield Junior School their heroes are members of their own families.

The school, in Little Hyden Lane, held their Heroes Day a week earlier than the national event next Friday which was founded by family and friends of fallen Marine Richard Hollington to raise money for Help for Heroes.

By paying one pound each to dress as their heroes the school raised £230.

All the money will go to Help for Heroes in memory of Mne Hollington, from Petersfield, who died last year following a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Teacher Rebecca Buckle said: ‘We had a super day. It was a really worthwhile experience for everybody. Some of the children dressed as expected heroes like David Beckham and some came as people we had no idea of – family members who they found inspirational.

‘Their homework throughout the week was to write about their heroes which was a very moving experience for the children.’

Nine–year–old Esme Farrell wrote about her late great-grandmother Joan Gardner who’d spent five years in hospital as a child with a cast from her ankle to her armpit after a broken hip became infected with TB and her thigh bone had to be fused onto her pelvis.

Esme said: ‘From the day she came out of hospital she never received any special care, help or money from anyone.

‘But my mum never remembers her nanny being grumpy or moaning about anything and that is why she is my hero and my middle name is Joan.’

The fundraiser has snowballed into a national day with the backing of David Cameron after being invented by Danny Glavin, a friend of Mne Hollington.