Children are heroes for a good cause

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LITTLE Jack Turner thinks the world of his mum – so he went to school dressed as her.

The 10-year-old was one of scores of youngsters who turned up at Stamshaw Junior School, in Stamshaw, Portsmouth, looking like the people they love yesterday.

Children in many of the schools across our area dressed up for 'National Heroes Day' in aid of 'Help for Heroes including Flying Bull Primary & Nursery School and Stamshaw Junior School. Flying Bull Primary School, (left to right) Dylan Hughes, Lois Swainbank, Kai Brown, Liliana Cantini, Kieran Bailey, Regan Taylor''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123413-8810)

Children in many of the schools across our area dressed up for 'National Heroes Day' in aid of 'Help for Heroes including Flying Bull Primary & Nursery School and Stamshaw Junior School. Flying Bull Primary School, (left to right) Dylan Hughes, Lois Swainbank, Kai Brown, Liliana Cantini, Kieran Bailey, Regan Taylor''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123413-8810)

Children transformed themselves into their family members as well as police officers and soldiers in the run up to National Heroes’ Day tomorrow.

The event raises money for Help for Heroes and last year raised £60,000 for the armed forces charity.

Jack, 10, of Stamshaw, said mum Mandy Turner was his inspiration because she does a lot for him. She looks after me and cooks for me,’ he said.

‘I used some of my sister Molly’s clothes. My mum didn’t want me to dress up as her. She would have preferred it if I had been a footballer. But I wanted to do it.’

Stamshaw Junior pupil Hannah Willmett, 10, dressed up as a soldier.

She said: ‘They are the people that keep our country safe. My great-grandad was in the Royal Navy and my family are proud that I’m supporting the services. It’s important we raise money for Help for Heroes.’

Meanwhile, dozens of other schools across the area got involved in the event, which was founded by Danny Glavin, a teacher from Wallington, Fareham.

He developed the idea after he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Help for Heroes in memory of his friend Marine Richard Hollington, from Petersfield, who died after a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010.

Alyson Gibbons, deputy headteacher at Whiteley Primary School, said all the children and staff put a lot of effort into it.

Year 4 students sold biscuits for Help for Heroes and people stood up during an assembly and talked about who they were dressed as.

Alyson said: ‘Everyone had a fantastic story to tell.

‘Earlier in the week, we encouraged the children to think about people in society they could dress up as who are brave.’

Danny, 26, has spent the week visiting schools and encouraging them to take part. He said: ‘My heroes are the people who put their lives on the line for our country.

‘National Heroes’ Day is an opportunity for people to honour their own hero, whoever that may be, while raising money for such a worthy cause.

‘From an educational perspective, the event provides a fantastic platform to teach the pupils about the difference between celebrity and heroism.’

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