Everyone’s a hero on charity day at Hayling Island school

DRESS UP Pupils at Mill Rythe Infant School dress up as their heroes

DRESS UP Pupils at Mill Rythe Infant School dress up as their heroes

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FIREFIGHTERS, nurses, police officers and even a fairytale prince were some of the heroes at a school fundraising day to help injured soldiers.

Youngsters at Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island spent the day dressed as people they look up to in the community.

The teachers also got into the Heroes Day spirit – emulating RNLI life-savers and surgeons.

The school was not able to take part in the fun on National Heroes Day a fortnight ago, but decided to pull out all the stops to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Children talked to each other about the differences between celebrities and heroes during an assembly.

Headteacher Sarah Court, who joined the school last Easter, said the cause is close to her heart after spending 10 years working with children from services’ families in Germany.

She said: ‘It’s something staff were keen to do to support children’s learning and understanding.

‘It’s also just before Remembrance Day.

‘I have very strong connections with the military.

‘My husband has just come out of the army and I have friends who are serving in Afghanistan.

‘We wanted to raise money for a good cause. I am quite passionate about Help for Heroes.’

Children designed their own hero-inspired uniforms.

Mrs Court added: ‘It’s about learning about the people around us – about who the people are in our community and what role they play.

‘It could be someone you look up to, someone who provides a service for people.’

National Heroes Day, which took place on October 21, has already raised more than £4,000 for charity.

Robin Hollington, from Petersfield, who helped organise the event, said this may only represent around a tenth of the total donations as more are still to come in.

The event was inspired by the memory of his son, Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who attended Purbrook Park School and died aged 23 following a bomb blast in Afghanistan last year.

To find out how to donate, visit heroesday.org.uk or visit bmycharity.com/HeroesDay.

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