A RECORD-BREAKING chain of loom bands is being converted into a permanent art installation for Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Mum Sally Hall is appealing for help from community groups to complete a project launched by her son Skye, who died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Hundreds of people helped five-year-old Skye with his ambitious quest to ‘Loom to the Moon’ and break the Guinness World Record for the longest loom band chain in the world.

Skye, from Abingdon, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour when he was four and it was while he was receiving treatment he made colourful loom band chains to help pass the time and out of this activity his idea for Loom to the Moon was born.

In 2014, the Oxford Mail launched an appeal to help the youngster complete his bucket list.

Skye died aged five in the same year and his family then finished the project he started.

Now the youngster’s record-breaking loom band chain is being converted into a large-scale art installation by artist Jane Watt, called the Loomstallation, to be the focus of the main atrium at Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Mrs Hall, 40, who lives with husband Andrew, 47, a teacher, and sons Jesse, seven, Flynn, three, and Beau, one, said: “We have been so impressed by the inventive ways community groups have come together so far to raise funds to sponsor their very own cog for the installation.

“We’d like to invite readers to sponsor one of the interactive cogs.

“You can sponsor as an individual, dedicating your very own cog to a loved one, or as a group.”

Pupils at Rush Common School in Abingdon, which Skye attended, helped to create the design for the Loomstallation cogs.

More than 100,000 children are treated at the children’s hospital each year for a range of conditions, including childhood cancer and neurological disorders.

The Loomstallation will provide a visual focus and distraction for the children during their treatment stays.

The project will also raise valuable funds for paediatric brain tumour research through the charity the Hall family launched, called Blue Skye Thinking.

Ruth Charity, arts coordinator for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Loom to the Moon artwork will create a vibrant and colourful welcome to the children’s hospital.”

The Loomstallation is made up of 200 limited edition cogs and Mrs Hall wants individuals and community groups to sponsor a cog before January 5.

To find out more visit loomstallation.com