Portsmouth youngsters urged to join ‘Hero Day’

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SCHOOLS are being encouraged to sign up to a day’s fundraising in aid of armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

Hayden Taylor, chairman of the Council of Portsmouth Schools (Cops), says he hopes more schools will join Be A Hero Day on Monday.

So far just five schools will be doing fundraising activities on the day, but Hayden insists it is not too late.

Hayden, 14, a pupil at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor where schoolchildren are fundraising by dressing up as their heroes, said: ‘I would urge more schools to get behind the pupils who voted to have this great day.

‘It’s really important that the student voice is heard and it’s still not too late to make it happen. There are a lot of people in Portsmouth who have connections with the armed forces, because it is a naval city, and we want to make a big gesture to the charity that supports our heroes. All you have to do is put on a fundraiser on that day to support Help for Heroes. It’s not a huge commitment but together all the schools can make a big difference.’

For more information email cops@alns.co.uk.