Hi there,

I organised a mufti day at St Patrick’s catholic primary school in Telford on Monday and we raised over £100 for Help for heroes. The kids loved it :) we have been learning about heroes and heroines since September.

I talked to the children in my class (aged 6) about your son (and other servicemen and women) and they said they thought he (and they) was amazing. This came from kids who 8 weeks ago thought heroes were only from story books, famous footballers or people on the xfactor. It’s helped them to appreciate what a hero actually is and it’s making them think about their futures and the difference they want to make.

We also got into the local paper. If you’d like a copy let me know and I will get one to you :)

Thanks for all of your efforts


Why do they need to know how old you are!!!!

Yet more coverage


Why do they need to know how old you are!!!!!

Coverage from this morning:

Exciting things afoot

We are delighted to say that things here at National Heroes Day are happening and happening soon and fast.  Some news will have to wait a little longer, but in the meantime we are delighted to announce we will shortly be launching a range of National Heroes Day merchandise – T-shirts, Mugs, Baseball caps etc ….

To do so we have teamed up with a partner called Spread Shirt*, who offer a very secure ordering facility, will print to order and allow some customisation – (prices will of course depend on what you choose) and delivery normally takes 3-7 working days for the very reasonable price of £2.20 for a single item!

Income will cover the event’s running costs with surplus going to the donation pool. So keep your eyes peeled for a “shop” coming soon!

*Get your t-shirts from Spreadshirt

Heroes Day – the TV Show

Check this out – awesome footage of a school creating a TV show on Heroes Day!

Feedback from a Head Teacher

Just in from Geoff Rutherford, Head Teach of Wyche CE Primary School in Malvern:

Just to let you know the parents here have really bought into the whole concept of the Heroes Day. I suspect the personal connection I have with your family and with Richard has had a huge impact but also the parents have already shared with me that they are having fascinating discussions with their children about what makes a hero. They are already tending to move away from Batman! Indeed even the staff have had the discussion with many concluding that their hero was often someone personal to them like a friend or a teacher rather than a big personality like mother Teresa and the like. It is great stuff and alongside supporting a good cause has immense educational value as a concept in its own right.

Proudest of the Proud

This liitle boy wins the prize of the proudest and most excited young man to take part in Heroes Day as he gets ready to go to school.  His name is Harry Telford

His father, Sgt Mathew Telford, was with the Grenadier Guards and KIA with other soldiers by the Rogue afghan policeman in 2009.  Harry, we salute you and your dad – and your mum for sharing this smashing picture with us.  We hope you and your school had a great day.

Heroes Day 2012

Well, that was that!  Seems to have been a great day for all those who took part, schools were awe inspiring.  below is part of an e-mail I have sent to the Irish Times following their coverage last week…………..:
……… the day, for those who took part, was a complete success and I say this with no knowledge of the amount of money raised. Literally hundreds of organisations, mainly schools and thousands of people took part.  Schools discussed the difference between celebrity and hero, children researched background information on their chosen hero and many of their choices were inspirational.  Yes, there we mothers, father, grandparents soldiers, footballers, firemen, nurses, superheroes  but amongst the many were:  “Nana, who contracted TB many years ago, caught an infection resulting in a crumbling hip and spent 5 years in a body cast, never grumbling once”; “Mum (of a 10 year old), who had a sore throat, that led to a streptococcal infection which led to a double leg amputation”; “An injured first Gulf War veteran who runs a charity to provide assistance dogs to others”; “Grace Darling, who in 1838 at 23 spotted a shipwreck and with her father set off in a rowing boat in rough seas to rescue the 13 survivors  (where did that one come from?)”; and, “a young lad who was so inspired by the innovation of Danny Glavin in coming up with the Heroes Day concept, came dressed as Danny”.
Children who are “known trouble makers” sat still in assemblies as they listened to tales of heroism (in the true sense, not the premiership hat-trick sense), some gave up lunchtimes to complete their work, so enthralled had they become.  Some wrote poetry, so moving, it reduced one to tears.  Every organisation we have spoken to said it was a joy to take part, every school who took part that we have spoken to have committed to next year – so has a Championship football club.
So the UK’s first National Heroes Day, may not have been as “big” as it might, but it has been a success for whoever took part, so to that end next year is already being planned, building on the good and improving the not so good.
So….. looking forward to seeing just what you have donated, whatever it turns out to be that is great  the real message is to think on the true nature of heroism and differentiate against the cult of celebrity.
AND….. Heroes Day 2012 starts the planning stage today!  It will be different, not in the intention but in the organisational sense not least because three volunteers on their own are not able to do it the justice it deserves, so watch this space.  I am sure the “date” remains the same, 21 October as I cannot think of a better date to honour our personal heroes, but as this is a Sunday next year, when you choose to do you bit could be Friday – Monday :)

Heroes Day gets International Press Coverage

Coverage in the Irish Times – possibly suggesting they should copy the UK National Heroes Day

See the ITV Day Break coverage of Titchfield Primary School here:

Thanks Simon


Thanks Titchfield Primary (and Northern Parade who offered to come in for 0600) and the parents and the most of the children

School gives Heroes Day a twist