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Jack Draws Anything: Six-year-old artist joins forces with The Wiggles

Jack Henderson has raised over £16,000 for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh by drawing pictures requested online.

Family effort: Jack gets a lot of help from his brothers Toby and Noah.
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A six-year-old artist who has become an internet sensation has joined forces with a popular children’s entertainers group to raise money for charity.

Jack Henderson has already raised over £16,000 for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh by drawing pictures requested online in return for a donation on his website Jack Draws Anything.

Now he is running his own competition to raise more funds, with the top prize being tickets to see the Wiggles when they play in Edinburgh.

Requests for Jack’s drawings became so popular he had to set a closing date after hundreds of people emailed him asking for a picture. Initially hoping to raise £100 for the hospital where his little brother Noah regularly receives treatment, he has received almost 200 times as much in donations.

The avid Wiggles fan is hoping that the competition will let him reach his new target of £20,000.

The Wiggles are children’s entertainers from Australia and Jack and his brothers are big fans. The Henderson family are off to watch them at the end of the month are offering one fan the chance to join them in Edinburgh and to meet the entertainers before the show.

Anyone under 12 who wants to enter has to draw a picture of something to do with the Wiggles. Everyone who enters is asked to make a donation to the fund.

He said: “I love the Wiggles and I am so excited, I can’t wait to see them at the concert. I am very happy that they have given me a prize so that I can raise even more money for the Sick Kids.”

Jack’s father, Ed Henderson, said the support from the Australian group was a great boost for the family.

Ed said: “Jack’s brother, Noah, has been back in hospital recently and that’s only made Jack more determined to keep going with his drawings. So far, he’s done 158 drawings in 48 days, with almost 400 still to go. This kind donation by the Wiggles has really fired Jack up again, he was thrilled that they wanted to help him.”

Jack, from East Lothian, has been busy scribbling away creating colourful pictures of rainbows, cats, crocodiles, and even a rubber duck riding a bike and shooting lasers.

He has had help from the rest of the family including his brother Toby, three, who has been lending a hand with the colouring in and Noah, one, who inspired the project.

Jack came up with the idea when he was at a craft fair with his parents. A family friend bought a drawing from him for 20p and he asked his parents if he could sell more drawings.

Anyone who wants to enter can find details on Jack’s website.

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