LONDON, January 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Bravery, a secret identity and being indestructible are characteristics that you think of when you hear the term Superhero. Triumph of good over evil and saving the day are all part of the job description for a caped crusader. So whilst fantasy depicts Superheroes as flying through the sky or making themselves invisible, what would a real life Superhero look like and what would their superpowers be?
Children with Cancer UK, recently commissioned a survey with 2,000 adults and children across the UK that looked at the public perception of Superheroes. The results revealed that Brits believe their Mums are the epitome of a real life Superhero, and a fifth of UK adults selected the ability to heal as their favoured superpower.
Children with Cancer UK are also asking anyone that has already signed up to run this year's London Marathon to join their Superhero team and become a Superhero for the day, dressed in their branded cape and headband.
When respondents were asked which of their friends and relatives were their 'real life Superhero', more than a quarter (26%) said 'Mum', another quarter (25%) said 'Partner' and one in five (19%) said that their 'Dad' was their Superhero.
A fifth of the adults (20%) surveyed selected having the ability to heal injuries as their favoured superpower, closely followed by time travel (18%) and invisibility (11%). Whereas, the children surveyed were more interested in the impressive ability to fly (28%) and become invisible (16%), or to have super strength (10%).
Real life super powers
The survey also asked respondents which traits they would consider 'real life' traits of a Superhero and the most selected answer was 'bravery', with 'kindness' and 'honesty' appearing in the top 5 list from both adults and children.
Comic book Superhero
When we asked respondents who their favourite comic book Superhero was, the top three chosen were Spiderman, Batman and Superman, however, one in ten adults chose Batman (11%) whilst a quarter of the children surveyed picked Spiderman (26%) as their favourite comic book Superhero.
The adults and children were also asked what their Superhero outfit would comprise if they had one, and the top 3 selected answers were a cape, mask and emblem/symbol. Over a third (42%) of children chose a cape for their Superhero outfit, whilst a quarter (23%) of adults selected an emblem/symbol.
For more information about Children with Cancer UK or to join their Superheroes Marathon 2015 team to help fight childhood cancer please go to: http://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/Event/virgin-money-london-marathon
SOURCE Children with Cancer UK