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Jack Draws Anything: Six-year-old nominated for charity award

Jack Henderson has been shortlisted for Charity Champion at this year's Scottish Charity Awards after raising over £16,000 for a hospital.

Family project: Jack has had help from his brother's Toby and Noah.
© Ed Henderson

A six-year-old artist who has raised over £16,000 for sick children has been nominated for a charity award.

Jack Henderson has been drawing pictures requested on his website Jack Draws Anything in return for donations to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.

Request’s for his 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 raised almost 200 times that.

Now Jack has been shortlisted for the Charity Champion at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.

It has been another high point for the Henderson family from Prestonpans, East Lothian.

Jack’s father Ed Henderson said: “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 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.

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.

Maureen Harrison, chief executive of the Sick Kids’ Friends Foundation, said: “We are very excited that Jack's wonderful pictures and really innovative fundraising which will benefit so many children has been shortlisted for this award.”

The awards dinner will be held in Edinburgh on June 16.

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