Heroes Day teacher to be honoured by David Cameron

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A TEACHER who inspires children to find heroes in their community is one of the first to be honoured with a new award by the Prime Minister.

Danny Glavin set up Heroes Day Educational Programme to encourage children to find real heroes who aren’t celebrities or from reality television programmes.

Pupils from Solent Junior School dressed in costume of their heroes (l-r) Lewis Clarke, Iona Davies, Annabelle O'Sullivan, (head teacher) Elizabeth Cooper, Millie Sole, Danny Glavin, Becky Street, Demi Armstrong and Isobel Griggs. ''Danny set up Heroes Day, where children dress up as their heroes. It was inspired by his friend Royal Marine Richard Hollington, from Petersfield, who died in Afghanistan. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141261-660)

Pupils from Solent Junior School dressed in costume of their heroes (l-r) Lewis Clarke, Iona Davies, Annabelle O'Sullivan, (head teacher) Elizabeth Cooper, Millie Sole, Danny Glavin, Becky Street, Demi Armstrong and Isobel Griggs. ''Danny set up Heroes Day, where children dress up as their heroes. It was inspired by his friend Royal Marine Richard Hollington, from Petersfield, who died in Afghanistan. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141261-660)

Schools from across Portsmouth were joined by thousands of other schoolchildren who researched people they wanted to represent.

And to recognise his hard work, Danny will receive the Points of Light award from David Cameron.

The Points of Light is a new initiative that aims to recognise individual volunteers in society. The idea was first popularised in America and Danny is the sixth person to be given an award in the UK – the first five were named earlier this month and are people who helped others during this year’s flooding crisis.

Danny, 27, from Wallington, said: ‘I set up the Heroes Day Educational Programme to teach children about the key differences between celebrities and heroes.

‘Lots of children idolise celebrities and people from reality TV programmes.

‘The programme is an opportunity to champion the true inspirational heroes from our communities as well as on a global scale, and change the way young people view the world around them.

‘It raises children’s aspirations and gets them to think differently about the world around them.’

But Inspiration Federation, a charity set up by Danny, also raises funds for good causes. He said: ‘Another motivation for co-ordinating the educational programme is raising money for The Inspiration Federation – for injured armed service and emergency service personnel.’

He set up the programme after a childhood friend of his, Richard Hollington, died while serving in Afghanistan.

Yesterday Danny, who teaches at schools across Portsmouth, met children from Solent Junior School in Drayton.

Year 4 pupil Lewis Clarke picked Alexander Fleming as his hero.

The nine-year-old said: ‘I decided to pick Alexander Fleming because he invented penicillin.

‘It helped my sister when she was ill with pneumonia so I think he’s a hero.’

Danny has been invited to 10 Downing Street to receive his award.

He added: ‘I am extremely honoured to receive the Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.

‘The reason I created the programme is to help with the development and education of young people and also to raise money for inspirational people injured during active service to the public, but having the recognition from David Cameron is fantastic.’