“From the mouths of babes…” says the Bible — and so it is that children reveal the best of humanity over and over again.
Such is the case with 5-year-old Temperance (“Tempy”) Pattinson, who competed in a triathlon to raise money for wounded soldiers in her home country of Britain.
Tempy sat down with Simon Brown, a 13-year veteran who was shot by a sniper in Iraq, leaving him blind in 2006. When Brown heard about Tempy’s fundraising, he wanted to let her know why she was his hero.
When he asks her why she did the triathlon, Tempy responds:
“Even though I didn’t know any of the soldiers, I just thought they did something for us. I thought I could give a present back to them by raising them money. I’m quite proud of the soldiers.”
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Posted by UNILAD on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Brown told the little girl that the soldiers were also “very proud” of her for what she’s done — and admits he couldn’t do a triathlon even now!
Tempy said she likes to to challenge herself — just as the soldiers challenge themselves. Brown agreed and told her that it was because of people like Tempy, challenging themselves and raising money, that he was able to rebuild his life after nearly being killed.
“That’s why people like you are our heroes,” said Brown.
Without skipping a beat, Tempy responded: “And people like you are mine.”
The video was a project of the Help for Heroes Project.