A determined four year old fundraiser wanted to show soldiers “how much she loved them” and raised funds for Help for Heroes after completing a 100m sponsored swim.
Tempy was inspired to raise money for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans after her mum, Emily, explained to her all about the Armed Forces on Remembrance Day. Despite only being able to swim 25m, Tempy was determined to complete the 100m swim which she did last month in just under 12 minutes. She managed to raise £53 for H4H. A phenomenal achievement, Tempy!
Her mum Emily explained: “In early November she was very intrigued about the meaning behind the poppy. In an attempt to explain Remembrance Day to a 4 year old I told her people gave money and wore a poppy to show support and love for everyone who lost their lives to keep up safe. This led to a long conversation about the Forces and what they do. Since then I’ve had a never-ending request to meet a real life solider.
“Tempy was moved by the thought that someone who had never met her would still put themselves in danger to keep her safe. So she decided she wanted to do something to show them she was thankful, in her words 'to show she loves the soldiers'. She was adamant she wanted to give money to current soldiers who needed her help which is why we settled on H4H.”
Following her amazing fundraising efforts, Tempy was invited to visit Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House where she got to meet veterans, staff and service personnel.
Emily added: “We had a wonderful day learning about the work they do and how much of a difference it makes to peoples’ lives. I was overwhelmed by the support and admiration Tempy received by all involved, and she had a wonderful time playing with the sports equipment, meeting the staff and learning about the different Veterans' recoveries.
“She was particularly taken by one veteran named Tom, who was involved in some overseas support activities with Veterans from the USA. He answered all of her questions in such a wonderful age appropriate way and he even gave her one of his own badges as a thank you for her fundraising efforts, which needless to say she treasures.”
Thank you all so much for helping make a difference Tempy - we at H4H are touched by your support!