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Generous young artist up for national fundraising award

Jack Henderson has been nominated for the Young Fundraiser of the Year by JustGiving.

Jack Henderson
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A schoolboy has been nominated for a prestigious fundraising award after raising £32,000 for an Edinburgh charity.

Jack Henderson, 7, is up for Young Fundraiser of the Year at the annual JustGiving Awards, which will be held in March.

He shot to fame when he decided to start raising funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) following his younger brother Noah’s admittance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Between March and November last year, the primary school pupil from Prestonpans took it upon himself to draw anything requested of him in exchange for donations to SKFF.

Starting off with a target of £100, the young artist was soon drawing pictures for fans the world over, including actor David Tennant and Queen’s Brian May, and was well on his way to raising £32,000.

Speaking about his latest nomination, Jack, who recently won the .Net Social Campaign of the Year award, said: ““I am really happy to have made it to the final of the JustGiving Awards. I still can’t believe how many people have asked for drawings and how much money I raised!

“It took a long time to do the drawings and I was quite tired at the end of it but it was worth it to raise so much money. I hope it helped a lot of people. I can’t wait to go to London for the awards ceremony, it will be very exciting.”

Money raised by Jack goes towards SKFF’s work to provide extra comforts to children in hospital, as well as funding medical equipment and additional research.

Maureen Harrison, chief executive of SKFF, said: “We have all got our fingers crossed that Jack wins this highly prestigious award, which will sit very nicely alongside his other trophies.

“Jack is such a hard-working, generous child who deserves all the recognition he is getting. At the end of last year we presented Jack with our own special award to commemorate his tremendous achievement in completing 500 drawings and raising more than £30,000, an incredible amount of money especially considering his initial target was to raise £100 for the charity.

“He is truly an inspiring child.”

Jack and his dad Ed will travel to the JustGiving Awards ceremony on March 1, which is being held at Shoreditch Town Hall, London.

Other Scottish nominees for the awards are STV Charitable Trust and Scotland international footballer Bob Wilson.

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JustGiving Awards 2012

Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Jack Draws Anything

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