A TEACHER who encouraged thousands of children to emulate their heroes has set off to climb Africa’s highest mountain in memory of his friend.
Danny Glavin started Hero Days in schools across the area to remember Marine Richard Hollington, who died in Afghanistan in June 2010.
Hero Days have so far raised £7,500 and more is expected to come in once the 24-year-old completes the gruelling eight-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Danny paid for the cost of the trip himself and every extra penny raised goes to Help for Heroes.
Prime Minister David Cameron has since come on board and announced Heroes Day will be held on October 21 each year, to coincide with Trafalgar Day.
Danny said: ‘Rich was an old mate of mine and when I heard he’d died and what happened in Afghanistan I couldn’t get it out of my head. I wanted to do something and I feel privileged to have raised money for all the injured heroes.
‘So far 32 schools across the region have taken part in Hero Days.’
To prepare, Danny, from North Wallington, Fareham, has scaled the UK’s three highest peaks twice, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Mount Snowdon, in Wales – twice.
He has also done plenty of running and hiking but is a little nervous about adapting to the changing altitude.
He said: ‘What I’m looking forward to most is getting to the top.’
To sponsor Mr Glavin go to virginmoneygiving.com/helpforheroes.