HUNDREDS of people have joined in the fun of Heroes Day and emulated people they admire.
Whether it be Lara Croft, Dame Vera Lynn, Batman or an army soldier, people of all ages across the area have pulled out all the stops to do their bit for Heroes Day.
The day, which aims to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Help For Heroes, is inspired by the memory of young Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who died last year after a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Students and teachers at Richard’s former school, Purbrook Park, dressed up as their heroes for the day and said the fundraiser was very poignant for them.
His father Robin Hollington, from Petersfield, spoke to pupils at the school about how injured servicemen and women will need a lifetime of support and care.
He told The News: ‘I remain overwhelmed by the response.
‘We went to Clanfield and someone was dressed up as Richard.
‘But this is not about Richard. It’s about honouring your personal hero.’
Sally Young, assistant headteacher at Purbrook Park School, came as Vera Lynn.
She said: ‘It’s been really poignant. We had a special assembly where we saw images of Richard. Tears came to my eyes.
‘Such a fantastic life cut off so short.’
As well as scores of schools, local businesses and organisations have also done their bit with staff paying £1 to dress as their hero for the day.
Alexandra Hansler, 25, administration and finance assistant at Staunton Country Park in Havant, came to work as Lara Croft.
She said: ‘She’s very inspirational. She was originally a game character, but it’s what she stands for.’
She laughed: ‘It’s a laugh for a Friday.’