THE Lord Mayor of Portsmouth is throwing her support behind a special fundraising day set up in memory of a hero marine.
Cheryl Buggy said she wanted to help raise as much money as possible on Heroes Day – a charity fundraiser inspired by the memory of Royal Marine Richard Hollington, who attended Purbrook Park School and died after being fatally wounded in a blast in Afghanistan.
She said: ‘I think it’s a great idea.
‘When you have something that comes along locally that captures the imagination and then goes national, I think it’s great.
‘I think people are very emotionally conscious of what’s going on in the military.
‘It’s a way of everyone showing solidarity. I will certainly support it in any way I can. Anything I can do, I will.
‘It’s a bit of fun with a serious undertone.’
Staff at Portsmouth City Council have said they want to join the Lord Mayor in dressing up on the day.
Cllr Buggy added: ‘There’s so many people who are heroic in many different ways. I think I would have to dress up in bits of different heroes and people would have to guess who it is!’
The News, wants schools, businesses and individuals to get behind Heroes Day.
The event, on October 21, will see people across our area – and all over the country – raise cash for Help for Heroes.
The idea is simple – dress up as your hero for the day. In return for the privilege you pay £1.
The fundraiser has snowballed into a national day with the backing of David Cameron after being invented by Danny Glavin, a teacher and friend of Richard Hollington.
Staff at Tesco, in Havant, and Staunton Country Park have already vowed to take part.
Mr Glavin, 24, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s just brilliant to think all this support is being generated. Hopefully it will encourage more organisations to get on board.’
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 send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, sending details of the organisation and contact details.
· The News would also like to hear from any organisation who wants to take part. Please email email@example.com or call Jeff Travis on (023) 9249 2444.
· You can also get involved through Twitter. Use the hashtag #heroesday to let us know what you’ll be doing.