TWINS James and Daniel Outen prove you are never too young to take part in Heroes Day.
The four-year-olds dressed up as their own personal heroes – Spiderman and a soldier – to show their support for the extraordinary fundraising day that has the potential to provide a huge boost to charity Help For Heroes.
The brothers attend Rowner’s Steady Steps Preschool, which is pulling out all the stops to raise cash.
The pre-school is organising a week-long fundraising drive, involving the concept of heroes in many aspects of the curriculum.
Because many of the children’s parents are in the armed forces, staff said they wanted to do something after reading about Heroes Day in The News.
Preschool practitioner Diane Duffield said: ‘We thought it was something else we could do to support service families. A lot of our parents come in with their Help for Heroes T-shirts.
‘I thought it would be good for the children.
‘It’s something we can incorporate into the curriculum, learning the difference between heroes and celebrities.’
The preschool joins a growing list of participants – including schools, businesses and other organisations.
The fundraising day, set up in memory of local Royal Marine Richard Hollington, will take place on October 21 and the idea is to dress up as your hero and donate £1 to Help for Heroes.
Richard Hollington’s father Robin, who is one of the organisers, said if it is impractical for some organisations’ staff to dress as their hero for the day they can still take part.
Mr Hollington suggested participants could organise a dress-down day and sell Help For Heroes wristbands.
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
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
· For more information about Heroes Day check out the Heroes Day website
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 like to hear from any organisation which wants to take part. Please email email@example.com or call Jeff Travis on (023) 9249 2444.
· You can get involved through Twitter. Use the hashtag #heroesday