Young Jack ends Sick Kids charity art bid at £65K

Jack Henderson has raised almost �65,000 with his charity drawings. Picture: Greg Macvean

Jack Henderson has raised almost �65,000 with his charity drawings. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A BIG-HEARTED youngster who made almost £65,000 for charity by drawing pictures has decided to hang up his pencils.

Jack Henderson, nine, rose to fame three years ago when he started to use his artwork to raise money for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children which had been treating his younger brother, Noah.

Since launching the website Jack Draws Anything, he has drawn 536 pictures including portraits of First Minister Alex Salmond and Rory McIlroy – which was signed by the golf star – and appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News.

From Cockenzie, Jack and his family moved to California in 2012.

Jack Draws Anything was launched in 2011 after Noah was hospitalised several times with breathing problems.

Fans from across the world requested drawings, donating £10 for every picture that was produced.

Despite raising their target amount to £1 million, Jack and his family have decided to close down the website and he will no longer be raising money for charity.

Writing on his website, Jack said: “Hi, I’m Jack from Jack Draws Anything.

“My website and drawings are all finished now. Thank you to everyone who helped and donated. We raised lots of money for the Sick Kids. See you soon. Love Jack.”

Jack’s father, Ed, who runs the website, said that it felt like a good time to finish the project, as Jack and his brothers are growing up.

Mr Henderson said: “It has been a long time since six-year-old Jack finished his massive drawing effort of 536 pictures, published his book in the UK, Brazil and Korea. He has since moved to California, won a Pride of Britain award and even managed to draw a few more pictures.

“Mum, Dad, Jack, Toby and Noah all feel now is a good time to bring Jack’s fundraising website and project to a definitive close.

“As parents, we have explained to the boys that it is perfectly natural for things in life to have a beginning, middle and an ending. We all agree now that Jack Draws Anything has run its course.

“We are all absolutely happy to move on, look back with fond memories and look forward to the future.

“We will of course leave this website turned on for as long as we possibly can so that others can enjoy Jack’s drawings, story and photographs.”

Books of Jack’s drawing have been published in the UK, Brazil and Korea, with all funds being donated to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

At his height of fame, Jack drew a picture of Mr Salmond which he presented to the First Minister.

In October last year, Jack raised £13,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation with his Golf Collection drawings.

Jack’s drawings of golfers including McIIroy, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood were signed by the pros and auctioned.