Jack Henderson is a drawing sensation. The thoughtful little boy, who set out to raise £100 for a hospital his baby brother regularly visits, has surpassed everyone’s expectations by raising well over £19,000. Jack has also secured an international book deal which will showcase his fine works of art.
The Cockenzie Primary School pupil singlehandedly came up with the idea to draw pictures in exchange of a donation, after a family friend donated some money for a picture he had drawn. Mum, Rose, explains:
“Jack had the idea after selling a picture for 20p at a local craft fair. His baby brother Noah, aged one, regularly attends Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh with chest problems and he wanted to do something to help.”
Jack’s web-designer dad, Ed, set up a website for the budding artist and in just over a week jackdrawsanything.com had 41,000 hits from 94 countries. Since then, Jack has appeared in all his local press (he is from Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland) aswell as an article in Pick Me Up magazine and has even made it onto Channel 4’s Fern show and BBC’s Russell Howard’s Good News.
This week Jack signed a book deal which will feature a collection of his drawings. The book, which is to be published by Hodder Children’s Books will hit the shelves on the 6th October. The little artist is Hodder’s youngest author.
Jack has now had to stop accepting picture requests as he still has over 500 left to draw. Some of the most creative works of art in his collection include a laughing lion, an elephant riding a bike and dancing hedgehogs at a disco.
More recently, Jack has gone on to attract over 100,000 people to his website and the Jack Draws Anything Facebook page now has over 4,000 friends. The generous big brother has also been shortlisted for Scottish Charity Awards’ Charity Champion Award which will take place in Edinburgh on June 16th.
Jack’s dad, Ed, says: “We are so delighted Jack has been shortlisted for this award. Jack draws anything has been a real family affair and we are just happy to have been able to raise money for the Sick Kids’ Friends Foundation. To have been nominated and shortlisted in recognition is great.”
Jack Draws Anything has also recently teamed up with children’s TV favourites The Wiggles to offer a prize for the best drawing Jack received. The lucky winner won the chance to meet the entertainers and see their show for free. Also in the audience was Jack, brothers Toby, 3, and Noah and the boys’ parents, who all got to meet The Wiggles. Before the day out, the mini Van Gogh said, “I love the Wiggles and I am so excited, I can’t wait to see them at the concert.”
The hospital Jack is raising so much money for is very grateful for his efforts. Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “Everyone at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation is so grateful to Jack and all the Henderson family for this wonderful innovative way of helping the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. It’s a fundraising masterpiece, devised by a little boy with a big heart supported by his truly remarkable parents and little brothers.
“It has inspired so many people to make donations that will be used to help make the sick kids even better. We can’t thank Jack and his family enough for helping the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.”
Reflecting on his work so far, little Jack says, “I am really happy I have made so much money from my drawings to help the ill children at the hospital. I love drawing and some of the pictures have been really funny.” We couldn’t agree more, Jack.
To donate, and to view Jack’s impressive gallery, visit www.jackdrawsanything.com.
Incase you’re wondering how this article relates to Cardiff Unzipped, we believe it is a truly inspirational story and hope it puts a smile on your face. Oh, and Jack’s mummy, Rose, is cousin to Unzipped creator Hannah, so we are even more delighted to be featuring this fantastic story.