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Like all good ideas, it is both very simple and very effective. And we firmly believe that this year’s Heroes Day will be bigger and better than ever.

In the inaugural event last year, more than 150 schools took part as well as scores of businesses and organisations.

Participants were asked to simply dress as their hero for the day and raise money by doing so – much the same concept as our annual Blue Day, in which thousands of readers wear Pompey’s famous blue colours to give a huge boost to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

At the 2011 Heroes Day, more than £50,000 was raised for Help for Heroes, which helps service personnel who are injured in conflict.

That was a mightily impressive start for the event, which was devised and developed by Fareham schoolteacher Danny Glavin.

The thought came to him last year when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money for Help for Heroes in memory of his friend, Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who died of wounds in 2010 after being caught in a bomb blast while on patrol in Afghanistan.

It was a great idea to encourage people to participate in full by dressing as their own heroes rather than just sign a sponsorship form.

But behind the idea also lies a lot of hard work by Danny and the team that are now helping him organise this year’s event, which will take place on October 21, Trafalgar Day.

And what better date could there be for Heroes Day than that on which we commemorate one of Britain’s greatest heroes, Horatio Nelson?

He, we are sure, would have approved of the timing of the event and of the mission that it represents.

For Heroes Day is not just about raising money but also raising awareness of the work being done to help servicemen and women injured on active service.

It is a cause that The News is proud to support and we urge readers to join in this year.

As the song says: ‘We can be heroes, just for one day.’