HUNDREDS of children will dress up as their heroes this week to help injured troops.
Whether it be Winston Churchill, Madonna, Christopher Columbus or their gran, youngsters will get creative with fancy dress.
National Heroes’ Day officially takes place on Sunday, which is Trafalgar Day.
But schools are taking part on Friday with pupils swapping their uniforms for fancy dress in return for a donation.
It is hoped the day will raise thousands for Help For Heroes.
It follows last year’s event, which raised more than £60,000.
More than a dozen schools in the Portsmouth area will take part, as well as dozens across the country.
The event is the brainchild of Danny Glavin, a teacher from Wallington, Fareham.
He developed the idea last year when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Help for Heroes in memory of his pal Marine Richard Hollington, from Petersfield, who died after a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010.
Rather than just ask people to sponsor him, he invited schools to allow their pupils to honour their heroes by coming to lessons dressed as their hero for one day in lieu of school uniform.
Danny, 26, said: ‘The response from the Portsmouth region last year was fantastic.
‘It’s a brilliant opportunity for someone to honour their own personal hero.’
Taking part locally will be Leesland Juniors, Whiteley Primary, Red Barn Primary, Charles Dickens Juniors, Flying Bull Primary, Bedenham Primary, Mary Rose, Front Lawn Infants, Bishops Waltham Infants, Solent Infants and Juniors, Titchfield Primary, Elson Juniors, Stamshaw Juniors, and Peel Common Nursery and Infants.
Businesses are also invited to take part.
To register visit heroesday.org.uk.