Heavily Scarred Soldier Who Took a Sniper Round to the Face Meets 5-Year-Old Little Hero

December 27, 2018 Updated: December 27, 2018

A little girl began supporting a non-profit organization, Help for Heroes, at the tender age of 3 after seeing a poppy and learning of the sacrifices soldiers make for their country.

There are 66,000 ex-military personnel in the United Kingdom who need support due to injuries and illnesses they suffer from after returning from war-torn areas.

Simon Brown, 39, of West Yorkshire is one of them—a sniper shot him in the face in Iraq during a rescue mission. With terrible scars and very little vision remaining, he had 25 operations to rebuild his face and save some of his sight.

Help for Heroes Official 发布于 2017年10月16日周一

Then Brown met up with Temperance Pattinson, who at only 5 years old was going to take part in a triathlon to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Help for Heroes Official 发布于 2017年10月14日周六

“In 2006 I was injured whilst on a rescue missing in Iraq,” Brown told Temperance, per a 2017 report in TheSun. “I was shot by a sniper and I was very fortunate to survive. When I came home I found out that I’d lost my sight and I had to rebuild my life after being told that I was going to be a blind man and leave the army.”

The little girl shared with Simon about what first inspired her to raise money for Help for Heroes.

“Even though I didn’t know any of the soldiers I just thought that they did something for us. I thought I could give a present back to them by raising them money,” she said.

Brown was impressed with her, saying: “I’m 38 – and a half – and I can’t do a triathlon…It’s because of the challenges that you do and the money you raise and the support you get that people like me can get better … People like you are our heroes,” he said.

Tempy responded with a fist bump, saying, “And people like you are mine.”

Mark Elliott, who is currently the advocacy ambassador for Help for Heroes, said: “It is so important that people from completely different backgrounds and ages can connect through a common cause, and that is exactly what we see here.

“Help for Heroes is a movement and its inspiration is Heroes like Simon Brown.”

Tempy and Brown have kept in contact. In April, the two were photographed walking hand in hand out onto a football oval.

Well down Tempy, your pure young heart that yearns to help others is an inspiration for us all.

Watch the interaction between these two heroes; it may just make your day:

Facing it Together: Si and Tempy

She’s just five (and a half!) but H4H supporter, Tempy Pattinson, has a clear idea about what makes a hero. War Veteran, Si Brown, who was shot in the face by an Iraqi sniper, has a different kind of heroism in mind.See the unique bond between supporters and beneficiaries that's at the heart of everything we do. We’re #FacingitTogether http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/see-the-difference/facing-it-together?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social%20Media&utm_campaign=Facing%20it%20Together%202017

Help for Heroes Official 发布于 2017年8月29日周二


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