Bandana designs wanted for trust inspired by Tyler

STUDENTS with a head for design are being invited to create a bandana for children undergoing hospital treatment.

The competition has been launched by the recently formed Tyler’s Trust.

It takes its inspiration from Tyler Murphy who, at the age of 17, has been battling a brain tumour for four years.

This period has seen him undergo 11 operations and recently finish radiotherapy.

But his thoughts turned to other children during his lengthy stays in hospitals. He wants to provide a balloon and a gift box to each child suffering from a brain tumour or life-threatening illness in St Richard’s and Worthing hospitals.

The trust has begun to raise money for the presents and awareness of brain tumour symptoms in children.

The bandana competition, to help children undergoing treatment, is one of the ways in which it is doing that.

Trust chairman Janice Ellis, said: “Many children lose their hair. So, we thought that it would be lovely to involve local children in designing a bandana for them to wear.”

Schools in the area are being contacted about the contest, which will run during June. Children will also be able to enter independently.

“Each child should make up their own design in any appropriate style but on paper no bigger than A4,” said Janice.

“There will be a £1 entry fee for each design.

“Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third entries for each school.

“The winning entry for each school will then go forward.

“One will be picked by Tyler to be made up and used in some of our boxes.”

The winners will be announced in early July. Any independent entries just need to be submitted with the designer’s name and contact details, plus the fee, to Janice Ellis at 74 Orchard Way, Barnham, PO22 0HY.

Tyler has not let his illness stop him studying on a media course at Chichester College which he started last September. But he still recalls his times in hospital.

One stay for six weeks at Southampton General Hospital earlier this year saw him become friends with two other children. He bought them each a gift when he left. They were so pleased he wanted to present gifts to other children.

The trust’s next fundraising event will be a garden party from 2pm on Saturday at 35 Rife Way, Felpham. Two of Tyler’s friends will have their heads shaved at 3.30pm for the trust.