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Guides group enjoys fruits of their loom.

Byline: Matt Gibson News reporter

A GUIDES group has been taking part in a world record bid to make the longest loom band for charity.

The girls from 3rd Southam Guides in Warwickshire worked together to make a loom band which measures just over 108 metres.

The band has been sent to the Loom to the Moon fundraising campaign, part of the Blue Skye Thinking charity, which was set up to raise money and awareness for Brain Tumour Research.

Five-year-old Skye Hall, from Oxford, died in August last year from complications of his treatment for an aggressive brain tumour but wanted to raise money to "help doctors make other children better".

Before Skye died, he launched the fundraising campaign to break the record for the longest loom band.

The idea was inspired by his favourite past-time whilst sitting in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (which mimicked a space ship) for hours each week, looming.

The band was sent to Blue Skye Thinking and it will be joined to Skye's master loom band which currently measures more than 25,600m. The group also sent a PS10 donation to the campaign.

Guide leader Louise Beale said: "As part of their work towards a Craft Badge, our Guides had an evening looming in the summer term.

"During this they decided that they wanted to beat the world record for the world's longest loom band. Coincidentally the next day, a friend of mine posted a link to Loom to the Moon on her Facebook page as her daughter went to the same school as Skye, and I thought this was the ideal opportunity for the girls to achieve their goal and also raise awareness for a good cause.

"The girls continued with the Loom in their own time from summer to Christmas and everyone really enjoyed being part of the process."

Sally Hall, founder of Blue Skye Thinking and mum to Skye said: "Loom to the Moon is coming to an end this May so we are very grateful to the ongoing support we have been getting from community groups like the Guides in trying to make our little boy's last wish come true. We would love as many people as possible to join us in creating loom bands and learning more about the charity's work in the process."

'' We wold love as many people as possible to join us in creating Loom bands and learning more about the charity's work... SALLY HALL


Third Southam Guides join in with the loom band world record attempt

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Date:Jan 30, 2015
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