This video gets me in the heart. This sweet girl and a brave soldier meet to talk about their heroes. Meet five-and-a-half year-old Temperance Pattinson, whom everyone calls Tempy. She has just completed her first triathlon where she swam, cycled, and ran.
Simon Brown is a 38-and-a-half year-old soldier. He tells the little girl, who has raised hundreds of pounds for charity, that he was in the army for 13 years. In 2006, while on a rescue mission in Iraq, he was shot in the face by a sniper, causing him to lose his eyesight. After being told he was going to be a blind man, he left the army and had to start to rebuild his life.
Simon asks Tempy, "Tell me why you swam 100 meters and why you did a triathlon?" "Because," Tempy began, "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 the money. I'm quite proud of the soldiers."
Simon pipes in to say, "Aw well, I'm telling you now that the soldiers are also very proud of you! Because I'm 38-and-a-half, and I can't do a triathlon." Tempy looks at him with an inquisitive face and responds. You'll have to watch the video, for yourself, to see the heartwarming interaction between these two!
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