DRESSED in her dad’s big Army fatigues and blue beret, Layla Fewings looks as proud as punch.
The nine–year-old Sharps Copse Primary School pupil could not hide her pride when talking about why she chose to emulate her father, soldier Gavin Hare, 29, a Lance Corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
She said ‘My dad went away to Afghanistan to fight and he was away for a year. It was really hard because we missed him terribly. We wanted to talk to him every day but sometimes the lines were cut and we didn’t know if he was OK.
‘I’m so proud of him because he managed to stay alive and he has coped so well with all the deaths that he saw in Afghanistan.
‘If my dad was hurt I would be really quite upset but at the same time I would be grateful that people were trying to help him.
‘That is why we’re having Heroes Day, so that we can raise money for people who are hurt in the war.’
Layla’s dad’s uniform suited her perfectly but she had to wear a very strong belt to hold up the trousers which were a bit too big for her.
She rolled up her sleeves and tucked up the long trouser legs.
Jo Stanworth, the assistant headteacher at the West Leigh School, said: ‘The children have really taken on board what it means to be a hero.
‘We’ve had doctors, nurses a little firefighter and even Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun.
‘It’s been a terrific day for a great cause.’