Dying man leaves one last joke outside children's hospital, to amuse kids
A man who was dying of bowel cancer left one last joke outside Bristol Children's hospital, to amuse the patients. His prank went undiscovered by the hospital for over two years.
When Cormac Seachoy was dying of bowel cancer, the 27-year-old decided to install a plaque outside outside the children's hospital, informing children that their famous colourful "hoops" sculpture were once used in the Quidditch World Cup.
Paying a lot of attention to detail, he claims the hoops were enchanted by Adou Sosseh - captain of the Senegal Quidditch team, who lost the 1998 World Cup to Malawi, adding a whole pile of authenticity to the plaque.
He raised money through a kickstarter campaign, in an attempt to brighten the day of patients at the hospital.
The sign, which has brightened children's days since 2014, was only just noticed by the hospital | Image copyright of SWNS.com.
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It took hospital officials over two years to realise the plaque wasn't installed by them. Staff at the hospital said that it looked so legitimate, that no officials at the hospital realised it had been installed by a patient without permission.
Health bosses have promised to keep the plaque up, next to the art-piece "Lollypop-be-Bop" created by artist Andrew Smith.
Corcmac didn't seem to think much of the art project (a collection of hoops), and thought they needed a better backstory. In his kickstarter, he wrote:
"The project is a bit too left-field to really be understood very much! So here's the less mental version of what's happening."
"There's a massive sculpture outside the children's hospital in Bristol, which consists of these really tall hoops, and looks amazing."
"Every time I pass them, I think they look like Quidditch Posts, and so I thought it would be an awesome idea to somehow convey to Bristol that the sculpture is actually the Quidditch Posts from the 1998 World Cup and that they have been enchanted into place as a gift from wizards to the Bristol Children's Hospital.
"So I bought a really classy and permanent cast bronze plaque, got it engraved with a dedication message, and it's going to be stuck to the wall beneath the sculpture at the start of December as a Christmas gift to the hospital."
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The hospital threw mud on the situation, claiming that the plaque had actually been installed by a magical event
"The appearance of this plaque was a magical and mysterious event that we did not know anything about - but we are sure that our patients and their families will appreciate it," a UBHT spokesman said.
"We do plan to keep this but ask that any other magical beings that wish to erect plaques on our site do speak to us first so that the muggles amongst us can say thank you and look after and maintain these gifts."
Extremely passionate about charity
Less than a year after the plaque was installed by Cormac, he passed away due to cancer, aged just 27 on December 16, 2015.
But his joke lives on, and continues to make young patients at the hospital laugh and smile. His family described how dedicated Declan was to charity, and resilient he was in the face of his terminal bowel cancer.
"His reaction to finding out about the terminal illness was one of incredible mental resilience," his brother Declan said in a video blog.
"From the start, he spoke candidly and realistically about his prospects, and remained philosophical about the hand he'd been dealt till the very end."
Earlier this year, his family raised more than £10,000 in his memory, for charities he supported, including building a school in Malawi.
"Throughout his Cormac was extremely passionate about helping worthy causes, whether that be through donating or fundraising, working for non-profit organisations, or even taking direct action to give children on their way into hospital something to smile about".
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