I’ve spoken on numerous occasions about Blue Skye Thinking, a charity set up in memory of Skye Hall, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour ahed five and sadly passed away less than a year later from radio-chemo neurotoxicity. The aim of Blue Skye Thinking is to support the research and treatment of childhood brain tumours and ultimately, to give children like Skye a better chance of survival. It is also a way of ensuring that Skye and his courage is remembered; he truly was an amazing little boy.
Having got to know Skye’s family pretty well, I have become more and more passionate about raising as much money as possible for the charity. I recently promised Sally (Skye’s mum) that I wouldn’t ever stop talking about Skye or Blue Skye Thinking. The latest appeal for Blue Skye Thinking was launched a couple of weeks ago. Aim Skye High is encouraging people to come up with wacky and crazy fundraising ideas, with the goal of raising £50,000. The more wacky the better, because wacky = publicity and that is crucial in continuing with the fundamental targets of Blue Skye Thinking.
My previous fundraising efforts have seen me abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower and having eight inches of hair cut off to be made into a wig, by the Little Princess Trust, to help a child who has lost their hair through illness. People who know me won’t ever let me forget who emotionally traumatising I found having my hair cut off, the only thing that prevented a full on meltdown was knowing that my hair would be helping a poorly child and in reality, they needed my hair a lot more than I did.
So when I told Gill (hairdresser, general hero and gossip queen) that I have come up with my latest fundraising idea, I can forgive her for looking somewhat terrified. I quickly reassured her that my hair would be remaining on my head and that this idea is less traumatic for all involved.
The 5th November would be Skye’s 8th birthday and for a while, I have wanted to do something to mark this. When the Aim Skye High appeal was launched, things slowly fell into place and my latest idea came about.
To mark Skye’s 8th birthday, I will be swimming 8 kilometres, to raise money for Blue Skye Thinking. The actual time/date/location are yet to be confirmed and whilst emotionally, this isn’t such a huge challenge, my various health conditions will mean that this is going to be bloody hard work. I’m not entirely sure how well my body will cope…or if it will cope. I’m training hard and can comfortably swim 2km but I still have a long way to go.
Am I scared? Yes. Very.
However, Skye fought so damn hard against the biggest cancer killer in children so, if I can share even a tiny bit of that strength then I know that I can do this.
This is where I start begging, because I can’t do this without you. The money won’t be helping me but it will be helping children like Skye and families like the Hall family and the other families who are currently going through hell.
If you would like to donate, you can do so here or via Just Giving text, by texting LCBS48 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 (or enter whatever amount you wish). Every little helps and it will make a huge difference to the children diagnosed with brain tumours, as well as their families. Give a child a better chance of survival and continuing with their childhood, please.
If you’re unable to donate with dollar, I’m hoping to have a little cheer squad and your cheers might be the one thing that stops me from drowning.
As always Skye, this one is for you.