MKC Heroes is a unique pupil voice group formed in the City of Plymouth, but now has gone national, for the support of Service children and young people. This group works, actively, in harmony, to ensure that every member has a voice and is able to use it for the benefit of all. Members of MKC Heroes are their areas ambassadors and young advocates for Service families. Most importantly, they are friends for each other, especially in times of need
Any School can join our tri-Service MKC Heroes so the innovative group has grown nationally to cover areas from Helston to Faslane. Heroes have been noted, by the First Sea Lord, other senior military officers and our Members of Parliament, as a significant group.
To date, we have in the region of 4500 members of pre-school, primary and secondary school age and this number grows daily.
Members can be any age, from pre-school to eighteen.
All Heroes schools have a dedicated space on our website where they upload their own activity and information. Plymouth Heroes also have a white board (also magnetic) plus a large laminated map to show where family members may be serving; these are sponsored by the local Royal British Legion.
Heroes can purchase our logo T shirts at cost…have a look at the photo gallery and see them modelled! Hero members wear white, supporting adults wear light blue and the lead organisers purple.
Hero groups can have their own Standard, based on the Royal British Legion (RBL) design, that is unique. This can paraded at many events across your area. In addition, where a standard is shared, each school/group can hold the standard for a period of time each year. This can include a free session on standard bearing and the history and significance of standards from an experienced RBL standard bearer (Please contact your local RBL branch to arrange) The first standard, for the Plymouth Heroes, has been sponsored by SERCO with further support comming from Babcock Marine, the local RBL and local businesses. HMS Heroes Clyde have raised funds and now have their own standard and a national standard has been made which can travel throught the country for your special events.
To date Heroes have:
Grown their group to top 4500 members, including schools and groups across the country who have begun to join.
Created their logo and motto.
Have agreed their constitution and have affiliated to the Royal British Legion (Devon county) to assist where possible but especially, in fundraising for the Poppy apeal.
Created their own ‘passport to School’ to help Service family children to integrate quickly into their new school.
Talked to serving members about what it feels like when they are left at home to raise adult awareness of the stresses of deployment.
Interviewed an MP about Service life and accompanying issues.
Interviewed the portfolio holder for Education about support for Service children in their area.
Orchestrated the involvement of young people in the 70 th Anniversary of the Blitz.
Received the first standard from the Lord Mayor 2010/11 Cllr. Mary Aspinall, in a ceremony in the council Chamber, at which Heroes gave a presentation of their work.
Received a National Standard which again has been dedicated and now travels nation wide for local celibrations.
A presentation of their work has been given, by Heroes, to the Ministry of Defence education representatives during their annual visit to the South West.
Heroes have designed and led the first standard dedication service in HMS Drake, kindly supported by the Royal Navy and attended by all Services and a wealth of VIPs from Civic and Military life.
Heroes’ members planted the first begonias in the RBL garden on Plymouth Hoe, supported by the Plymouth RBL branches.
Heroes have been at the heart of Armed Forces week, represented at all events, and having provided a dedicated display on the Saturday and for the Devon RBL Poppy party on the Sunday. One school group spent 6 weeks learning to dance specifically for the event. The standard was paraded on the Saturday, by a12 year old student, who was just as professional as his surrounding, experienced standard bearers. His father, a Royal Marine, is deployed, and his mother shed tears of happiness and pride whilst watching him. Accompanying the children of the US naval Attaché, Heroes laid a wreath, on behalf of US and UK Service children during the Door of Unity Service. They also supported the re-dedication of the Normandy memorial, overlooking the Tamar Bridge into Cornwall.
They have supported the 2nd Tank Regiment Return.
Heroes joined the Devon launch of the Poppy Appeal in the Citadel, Plymouth and welcomed 3 Brigade home, in a place of honour, on Nov 11th. Needless to say, they paraded their standard again, despite the awful weather! The standard was also paraded at the Devon Festival of Remembrance and at a similar event in Plymouth, where Heroes also helped to create a WWII tableau.
HMS Heroes have been given a plot in the Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance and travelled to the Nov 11th service to lay a wreath and plant poppy crosses on behalf of all Heroes. They also laid wreaths on Nov 11th at memorials in their local communities and, on behalf of Plymouth Service children, laid a wreath on Plymouth Hoe on remembrance Sunday. They also paraded the standard on this occasion.
A whole battalion of Heroes, supported by their families, collected for the poppy appeal in the city centre of Plymouth throughout November 12th (check out the photos for this event and many others noted above).
Heroes raised over £2500, in their first project of this kind, for the 90th anniversary of the British Legion, our local key supporting partner, and handed over a cheque to the local RBL represenative at their latest meeting at The China Fleet Club in Saltash (see news article).
Plymouth Heroes meet approximately once a month (2 hours in an afternoon with a small buffet for the delegates) and two/three delegates, from each school or club attend this meeting. In addition, each school has a regular ‘in-school’ Heroes Club meeting and the delegates who come out report on their support network and share practice. They also do a variety of projects that link them all together. Hero groups in other areas of the country are setting up and devising meeting schedules for their members.
In addition to all this, and most important of all, they are sharing support mechanisms to help them, and their families, to cope with deployment.
Local Hero groups operate on a shoe string, relying on free venues for meetings and donations from businesses and the local RBL for expenses.
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