The daughter of Benchmarx, New Malden’s branch manager, Chris Surmon has become a viral sensation.
Sea cadet, Libby Surmon, 13, from Feltham, south west London, has become an overnight internet phenomenon after a picture showing her partaking in a Remembrance Day parade was shared hundreds of times over the world.
Libby’s mother, Keeley Price, 37, had shared the picture of the young teenager on Facebook to drum up support after she came home from school feeling upset having being taunted by a handful of schoolchildren for partaking in the parade.
Within hours, the picture had been shared hundreds of times all over the world in countries from America to Australia and was also reported on the Daily Mirror website.
Ms Price was blown away by the overwhelming support and kind messages she received from well-wishers; including members of the Armed Forces, who were all keen to show their respect and gratitude to her brave, young daughter.
Chris Surmon was also delighted by the universal encouragement and support his daughter received:
“Libby's mum put a post on Facebook just to show some encouragement between friends and family. In the next week after it just went crazy. Libby has received support from dozens of countries all over the world. She has messages and invites from the British Armed Forces. Libby even made the TV in New Zealand – it’s brilliant! I don't think she will worry about a few nasty comments anymore.”
Here at Benchmarx, we have been so impressed with Libby’s bravery and determination to do what she felt was right in spite of the opposition she faced, that we will be rewarding her with a brand new laptop; a prize befitting of her new social media star status!
At Benchmarx, we are just as dedicated to supporting our employees as well as our customers at our network of over 150 branches nationwide. We hope that this small token from us to Chris’s brave daughter will reflect our appreciation and ongoing support to our loyal employees and their families.