Students set to dress as superheroes to help injured soldiers

TAKING PART Warblington School pupils will be dress up for Heroes Day. Pictured from left, Maisie Ayres, Evie Williams, Joe Mansbridge, Megan Hancock and Autumn Ayres.   Picture: Sarah Standing (113592-8039)
TAKING PART Warblington School pupils will be dress up for Heroes Day. Pictured from left, Maisie Ayres, Evie Williams, Joe Mansbridge, Megan Hancock and Autumn Ayres. Picture: Sarah Standing (113592-8039)
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IT’S not every day you get to come to school dressed as Lara Croft or Spiderman.

But this is the exciting prospect for big-hearted students at Warblington School who are going crazy for superheroes on Heroes Day.

The pupils are determined to have as much fun as possible on the big day – all the while recognising the serious message that underpins the event.

Prefects from Year 11 have spearheaded the school’s fundraising drive.

The teenagers will be giving presentations during assemblies this week, talking to other pupils about the valuable work of charity Help for Heroes.

Megan Hancock, 15, from Leigh Park, said: ‘It makes you think to yourself – who is your hero?

‘Who do you aspire to be when you are older?’

Megan plans to dress up for the day as action hero Lara Croft.

She laughed: ‘She’s a hero, she saved the day!

‘It’s girl power. She’s a strong independent woman.’

Twins Maisie and Autumn Ayres, 16, from Warblington, said they didn’t want the hard work of soldiers to be forgotten.

Autumn said: ‘Every school should be doing it.

‘Some people here have brothers or dads that are fighting in the army and they don’t get recognised.’

Maisie added: ‘I hope it’s going to be a lot of fun. We want people to dress up and I just want everyone to enjoy it.’

Joe Mansbridge, 15, from Bedhampton, said he was undecided whether to come as Spiderman or Superman.

He said: ‘I like the fact we’re helping people because they are not forgotten.’

Teachers at the school said they were impressed with the students’ efforts to raise cash for Help for Heroes.

Head of creative and performing arts Vanessa Meyer said: ‘Every year we do a certain amount of charity work and we really wanted to be part of this. A lot of students have families and parents who are in the armed forces.

‘It’s something our students have chosen to do and it’s important for our students to have their own opinions heard.’

Warblington School joins a growing list of schools, businesses and organisations that have chosen to take part on Heroes Day, which takes place on Trafalgar Day on Friday, October 21.

People of all ages will pay £1 each and dress up as their personal hero on the day, which has been set up in memory of Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who went to Purbrook Park School and tragically lost his life after a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

There are now 132 registered participants – equating to about 18,000 people across the country who will be taking part.

ROLL OF HONOUR

· Portsmouth City Council

· Tesco, Havant

· Staunton Country Park, Havant

· Park Community School, Leigh Park

· Havant Academy

· Fox Associates, Cosham

· Emsworth Business Association

· Vane Recruitment, Portsmouth

· Horndean Infant School

· Jubilee Day Nursery, Steep

· Primary Treasure Chest

· Blue Panda Website Design

· Goodman Masson

· New Forest Sports Massage

· Orkney Islands Council

· Park Community School, Leigh Park

· Havant Borough Council

· East Hampshire District Council

· Larcomes LLP Solicitors, Portsmouth

· Clanfield Junior School

· Mill Rythe Infant School, Hayling Island

· Sharps Copse Primary School, West Leigh

· Royal Marines Association Club

· Garry Fleetwood’s burger van, Fareham

· Highbury College, Portsmouth

· Warblington School

· Steady Steps Preschool, Rowner

· Microsoft

· Norcare

· SkillForce

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

· For more information about Heroes Day check out heroesday.org.uk where there is a pack for primary schools to download.

· To register to take part visit heroesday.org.uk and follow the link. It is important that participating organisations register first.

· The News would like to hear from any organisation which wants to take part. Please email jeff.travis@thenews.co.uk or call Jeff Travis on (023) 9249 2444.

· You can get involved through Twitter. Use the hashtag #heroesday