One comment which we hear from time to time is why ‘Heroes’ why the ‘Heroes Centre’? Is there not scope for confusion with similarly named Military charities and campaigns?

The simple answer is Yes there could be, but it is a risk we are prepared to take.

We have thought long and hard about this matter over the months and have determined that we are going to stick to our original concept. The definition of a Hero means many things to many people, but we have used this term in the context of describing someone who has given us all a great example. An example from which we can learn and hopefully be inspired to emulate.

The dictionary defines a hero as a person distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc or a person who is idealised for possessing superior qualities in any field and it is these traits that we want to recognise and celebrate.

If you type the term Hero Quotations into any search engine, the net will bring back thousands of quotes from the great and the good. Examples such as:

“Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.”
Bernard Malamud

“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“When we read stories of heroes, we identify with them. We take the journey with them. We see how the obstacles almost overcome them. We see how they grow as human beings or gain qualities or show great qualities of strength and courage and with them, we grow in some small way.”
Sam Raimi

But perhaps amongst all the search results that are returned the quote that we most align ourselves with is that of the ex Major League Baseball player turned philanthropist Dave Winfield who simply stated:”You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved extraordinary things in life.”

And that is what we want this Heroes Centre to be about.