Sunday, 15 November 2009

Rhondda Primary School children are Mayor's heroes and heroines

Rhondda primary school children are real-life heroes and heroines as far as Mayor Cllr Robert Smith is concerned, thanks to their fancy dress efforts.

Pupils at Pontrhondda Primary School in Llwynypia recently celebrated National Poetry day and dressed up as their favourite characters to mark National Poetry Day, which had the theme of Heroes and Heroines.

They then decided to do a spin on the day and hold a collection for Help for Heroes, which is one of Mayor Cllr Smith’s chosen three charities for his year in office.

The kind-hearted children, inspired to do a collection due to the amount of news coverage they had seen on our injured servicemen and women on the television, raised £80, which they recently presented to the Mayor.

Cllr Smith and his consort Margaret visited the school to receive the cheque. He said: “I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and kindness of the pupils at Pontrhondda School.

“I know they had a wonderful day dressed up in order to raise the money, but what touches me most is the sentiment behind what they did, and what inspired them to want to raise money for Help for Heroes.

“The images we are all aware of, via the television and newspaper, should serve as an inspiration to all of us to do what we can to help those brave souls who are injured as they fight on behalf of us and our country.

“It inspired me, which is why I chose Help for Heroes, as well as Macmillan Cancer Relief and Diabetes UK (Cymru) as my charities for my year in office, and I am pleased it is inspiring others.”

For more information on the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, forthcoming events and how to get involved, visit


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