MP backs students’ bid to hold charity day

From left, Ella Rose, five, Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13. The Sir William Dupree & Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament, taking place at Portsmouth High School in April, is aimed at young people of all ages.

CAPTION: From left, Ella and Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13.

Battle of intellect for the 2017 chess title

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PENNY Mordaunt has backed a student campaign for a major fundraising day in aid of an armed forces charity.

The Portsmouth North MP praised the idea for the July 11 ‘Be a Hero Day’ championed by the City of Portsmouth Schools (COPS) – where all schools across the city would come up with a fundraising idea to support Help for Heroes.

Miss Mordaunt said: ‘I will be doing everything I can to support them on the day – I’ve been hugely impressed with the pupils organising Be a Hero Day.

‘The feedback I’ve been getting from schools is that they are very excited. It’s set to be a fantastic event.’

Holly Seymour, 15, deputy chairman of COPS, said: ‘Penny Mordaunt backing the day is great because it shows that local people should and can support the decision of representatives of young people across Portsmouth.’

Joe Eves, 14, a Springfield School COPS representative, added: ‘We need as many people to sign up and fundraise on the day. It’s a great cause and we can really make this a day of celebration of the achievement of all ages.’

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