SCHOOLCHILDREN across Fareham celebrated Red, White and Blue Day this month to support families in the services.
Fareham Academy stepped back in time as they commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with snail racing and blind-folded assault courses.
The event was co-ordinated by ABF The Soldier’s Charity along with the school and with support from Asda in Fareham.
Headteacher Adele Deasy said: ‘It has been an amazing day and just looking out across everybody who has got involved it shows how interested the children have been in this whole week.
‘It’s really important we do days like this because it shows the students about British values and it really brings these to life.
‘Having the students looking after their own stalls to sell products from also taught them a lot about ownership and throughout the week it has gone incredibly well.’
ABF The Soldier’s Charity give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families by offering them financial assistance when needed.
Andy Robshaw, a military historian, talked to the pupils about the trials of war and Patty Wallis, ABF The Soldier’s Charity project manager, felt the day was a big success in securing the Battle of Britain’s legacy with Fareham Academy’s pupils.
Head boy Ross Tinney, 15, said: ‘It’s brilliant and there has been a lot of great activities.’
Head girl Lizzie Howell, 15, said: ‘Everybody got involved and it has been great.’
Another school marking the day was Crofton Hammond Infant School, in Mancroft Avenue, Fareham.
The pupils decorated and sold cup cakes, and wore clothes coloured like the Union Jack to promote awareness and funds for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
‘A lot of the children here didn’t realise that there were other children who have their parents living away for long periods,’ said headteacher Jacky Halton.
‘Today helps raise awareness of this and shows just how many children face these.’
Of the 179 pupils at the school, just over a third belong to service families.
The service children, aged between five and seven, spoke of how they are able to contact their parents when on duty using video chat and emails sent from school.
Daisy De-Saint-Bissix-Croix explained how she was proud of her mum who is a nurse in the Royal Navy.
Emily Hopper meanwhile spoke of her delight when her dad brought her a jewellery box and wooden doll when he returned from duty in the Middle East.
Diane Bosustow, the school’s Armed Forces family liaison officer, said: ‘We had a fantastic morning, decorating cakes and sharing stories about what other children’s mums and dads do in the forces.’