More than 350 children a year, in the UK alone, face the devastating news that they have a brain tumour. The drugs used to treat these children were developed for adults and have been ‘adapted’ for children, meaning that in some heart-breaking cases, children who overcome cancer are still taken from their parents due to treatment toxicity.
This was the case for Skye Hall. A beautiful, brave little boy whose heart was so big that in his final weeks of treatment, he made it his mission to change the world – one loomband at a time.
His aim was to build a loomband so long, it would reach the moon – and with a lot of kind souls participating, he succeeded. Take a look at our amazing first mission here:
This unwavering hope and bravery led us to start the charity Blue Skye Thinking.
Blue Skye Thinking is dedicated to funding research into childhood brain tumours and, in Skye’s honour, we have a second mission. To create an interactive art installation at The John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital using the record breaking loombands that Skye created. To honour his memory and continue his vision.
Hospitals can be clinical, lonely places, especially for a young person with a heart breaking illness. And when going through months of treatment, they can create an isolating environment.
We at Blue Skye Thinking want to bring something bright, colourful and fun to help all young patients and their families while battling some of the hardest times they will face in their lives, providing an exciting, welcome and useful distraction.
Our Loomstallation is an interactive art installation, complete with treasure trails, turnable cogs and loombands that we hope will stretch from the bottom, to the top of the hospital. Filling the atrium with colour and excitement.
Made from all the loom bands that were kindly donated to us while Skye was still alive, we think it will make the hospital a friendlier place and celebrate Skye’s memory.
There is no better way to express just how much of a difference this project will make, than from those who have been most affected by this disease, and from those closest to the hospital:
“Creating a talking point with your child in a sterile environment is difficult. An added feature would be just amazing… something else to see, to visit, to distract, to encourage, would be very beneficial not only to the children, but to the parents who are under pressure to find a constant supply of things to do in a limited and confined space”.
– Rachel and Ophelia
“Having spent time in a number of different Children’s Hospitals with my son Henry, I have seen first hand, the benefit of a stimulating, child friendly environment and one which reflects the ethos of the hospital and the service it provides.”
– Dawn Allen
“We think this is an amazing project that could provide some invaluable space or a destination in the hospital to revive the spirits, provide distraction and offer some fun times for the children. The project demonstrates community spirit in such a unique and inspiring way.”
– Helene and Adam Gentry
“There is now a wealth of research showing that the arts can provide real, measurable health benefits to patients, reducing the length of a patient’s stay in hospital, decreasing levels of depression and reducing their perception of pain. So our hospital charity is very grateful to Blue Skye Thinking for giving us the opportunity to help our young patients in this way.”
– Ruth Charity – Hospital Arts Coordinator
“Part of the Play Specialist’s role is to provide a bright, colourful and stimulating environment for the children in hospital. This art project will go a long way to supporting the work we do and offer the children a new interactive focus. It will be somewhere special for the children to go and explore and maybe encourage those who are finding things difficult to get some head space and venture off the ward to investigate. It is such a fitting tribute to Skye and all the children and families who spent hours making the loom bands to break the Guinness World record and raise vital funds for research that we have a permanent reminder of their achievements.”
– Erica Watson – Senior Play Specialist