A WALLASEY school is preparing to create a giant mural in its grounds to celebrate three inspirational brothers who will leave the school this summer.
Mosslands School has invited twins Dan and Sam Lloyd, aged 18, and their 16-year-old brother Tom to design the mural which will be painted by the entire school community.
The boys - who suffer from rare muscle wasting disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease which affects one in 3,500 boys in the UK – have clocked up 21 years of combined attendance at the Mosslands Drive school.
Staff hope the mural will allow them to raise £21,000 for Claire House Children’s Hospice – which provides respite and hydrotherapy to the boys – by inviting local businesses to sponsor sections of the wall.
Eighteen-year-old Dan said: “Art has been a big part of our school careers. Even though it is a physical challenge it has been something that we have all enjoyed.
“We wanted to produce something that was big, bright, bold and cheerful which gives a positive message.”
The boys chose to work in the style of artist Michael Craig-Martin, a contemporary conceptual artist, because it allowed all three boys to produce their own separate parts of the design using digital software, taking away the need for physical assistance.
It also allowed them to work collaboratively when putting all of their individual work together as a final design.
Dan added: “Michael Craig-Martin often uses powerful and emotive words in his work and this would allow us to say something positive.
“We also like how he includes ordinary everyday objects in his work which makes them look extra-ordinary and special, something which we could use to show what we are interested in, what we enjoy and how we like to spend our time”.
Sam added: “Our design combines all of our four passions - art, school, football and Claire House and the wall will combine these into one lasting legacy.
“We were very excited to be asked to take part in this project and leave a parting gift to the school. Not only does the Mural Wall reflect us, we hope that our story will inspire generations to come.”
A template of the boys’ design will be drawn on to side of the school sports hall which covers an area of 492 square feet.
Mosslands Headmaster, Adrian Whiteley said the mural will be fantastic celebration of the contribution the boys have made to the school.
He said: “The boys are truly passionate about art and have created a fantastic design which has been inspired by the boys’ outlook on life. Despite their condition, the Lloyd boys have inspired the staff and their fellow pupils with the determination they have shown in all aspects of their life.
“The Mural Wall will provide a great legacy of the boys’ time at our school which will be enjoyed for many years to come.”
Claire House Children’s Hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life limiting medical conditions.
All three of the Lloyd brothers attend Claire House regularly for respite care and hydrotherapy sessions. Claire House also provides support to the extended Lloyd Family.
Debbie Smith from Claire House said: “The boys play a vocal role in the Claire House community and really bring a huge amount of fun. We are delighted that Mosslands School and the Lloyd Family have chosen to undertake this project – the money raised will make a huge difference to the children and young people we look after.”
Tom Lloyd added: “Claire House helps us to enhance the quality of our lives. We love visiting the hospice, it makes us happy, it makes us forget about the negatives.
“We are looking forward to seeing the Mural Wall take shape and we really hope that our local community and local businesses will get behind the project and help us to raise funds for Claire House.”
The mural will be unveiled during a reception at the school on Friday July 4.