“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. Even if there are a few wobbles along the way.”.These were the words of Sally Hall to over 500 Dean Close pupils, parents, staff, Old Decanians and friends before an early morning charity yoga session.

The entire Dean Close community woke up and rose together with an early morning yoga practice to help raise funds for children’s brain tumour charity, Blue Skye Thinking. Current treatment for childhood brain tumours involves surgery plus a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy or proton therapy. Each of these have devastating consequences in terms of side effects. Following the loss of their beloved son Skye, Sally and Andrew Hall (Deputy Head) set up the charity Blue Skye Thinking to fund research into innovative treatments. The charity’s target is to raise another £25,000 to get them to their £200 000 target for a second full-time researcher. The Dean Close community coming together for Yoga in the Park was a great start towards this goal, with over £6000 raised so far and donations still flooding in.

The session was led by staff member and yoga teacher Liv Duffin, bright and early on the School’s main playing field, followed by a healthy breakfast outside. Liv said, “It was such a special opportunity to get the whole Dean Close community together. I was blown away by the amount of people. I am full of so much admiration for Sally and Andrew and what they have achieved with Blue Skye Thinking”.

The pupils started the day feeling refreshed and positive, saying, “It was just amazing. There were over 500 people here this morning sitting together to do yoga and reaching for the ‘Skye’”. Another pupil commented, “There are just no words. The energy on the field speaks for itself”.

As well as raising a fantastic amount of money for charity, the Dean Close community were reminded that in the light of such sadness, there can always be positivity and hope for the future.

To help Blue Skye Thinking reach their target, you can donate via the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liv-duffin

The Skye is the limit.