We promised a happy post and here it is. Yesterday proved, once again, to be an incredibly emotional day, but one that filled us all with a great deal of pride as we witnessed the unveiling of the newest addition to the Abingdon School Boat Club's fleet. When we were first contacted to say that the boys had decided to name the new boat after Skye, it was slightly overwhelming. Just a week before Skye's diagnosis, he and I had made a trip down to the Boat House to watch the boys training. He loved being on the water and to be able to follow the boys up and down the Thames on a launch brought him a great deal of joy. Back in 2012, we had also attended the Henley Royal Regatta Finals day together as a family to watch the Abingdon crew win the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for the 2nd year running. Skye was on the bank chanting ABINGDON! It made him feel so proud to be part of the celebrations.
Captain of Boats, Tom Digby, spoke about Skye and how he had inspired the boys throughout his illness and about their desire to remember and honour him. The Abingdon School Boat Club flag was then drawn back to reveal Skye's name and before the boys took it out onto the Thames, it was dowsed in the obligatory Champagne.
I managed to hold my emotions in check (just), to thank the boys for their kindness, and that we as a family felt so humbled, grateful and privileged that Skye had been honoured in this way.