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Alex Salmond (First Minister of Scotland) meets Jack Henderson

On Wednesday 7 March 2012, Jack and family (Dad, Mum Jack, Toby & Noah) were all invited along to meet Alex Salmond (Scottish politician and current First Minister of Scotland). Jack had drawn a picture for him and Alex wanted to meet him.

We all had a lovely time, plenty of chocolate biscuits, Tunnocks Caramel Logs, cakes, orange juice, fruit and tea was consumed.

First Minister Alex Salmond meets Jack Henderson, young artist and fundraiser for Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital.
First Minister Alex Salmond meets Jack Henderson, young artist and fundraiser for Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital. Photo Credit: Scottish Government, used with kind permission. Original.

Many topics were discussed such as The Muppets, some Scotland pens for Jack’s classmates, chocolate biscuits, Robert Burns, Jack requesting an Army plane to take us home, Jack taking over as First Minister and of course, Jack’s fundraising.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

Jack is an impressive young artist and a very impressive young man. I was lucky enough to meet the whole family and you can easily see where he gets his thoughtfulness from.

He is obviously very talented but, more importantly, he is a very generous and kind lad. To spend so much time raising money for the Sick Kids is an achievement not many of us manage–especially not at his age.

I was very touched by Jack’s drawing of me, and I’m pleased to say his autographed copy of Jack Draws Anything now has pride of place on the Bute House bookshelf!

Here is a wee peek at what Jack drew for Alex Salmond:

Jack’s picture of and for Alex Salmond (First Minister of Scotland)
Jack’s picture of and for Alex Salmond (First Minister of Scotland)

Jack’s book to be published in Korea

Next year, Jack’s book–Jack Draws Anything will be translated and published by Wisdom House in Korea.

Jack’s book to be published in Korea

In October, Hodder Children’s Books published Jack Draws Anything, a book which contained a collection of Jack’s drawings, his story and lots of family photographs. The book further raises funds for the Sick Kids’ Friends Foundation, the hospital which cares for Jack’s brothers Toby & especially Noah.

Jack’s book to be published in Korea

Jack is very happy to hear that his book will be in another country and especially in another language. He cannot wait to get his hands on a copy and hopes it continues to raise more funds for the Sick Kids.

We have yet to determine if the book will be available in South and/or North Korea, more details to follow.

PRESS RELEASE — Jack shows he’s no Muppet in Social Media Award Win

Dad Ed returns home with the award for Jack to see
Dad Ed returns home with the award for Jack to see

East Lothian Internet sensation Jack Draws Anything has beaten the likes of Jennifer Aniston, the Muppets and bullying campaign It Gets Better to win an international social media award.

Jack’s Dad Ed Henderson has driven an impressive social media campaign which has seen more than 400,000 people visiting the website jackdrawsanything.com over six million times from 163 countries and amassing over 7000 Facebook fans.

Ed collected the .net Social Campaign of the Year Award at a ceremony in London this week. He said:

“It’s hard to believe a Prestonpans’ schoolboy project, conducted from our house, could beat major global brands to clinch an award like this. It shows that the social media world is one that is entirely different to the traditional world and we are over the moon.”

Dad Ed collecting the award (Photo Credit–Nick Dillon of Ubelly)
Dad Ed collecting the award (Photo Credit–Nick Dillon of Ubelly)

Jack drew over 500 pictures in seven months raising over £32,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, supporting the hospital his brother Noah attends with breathing problems.

Our .net Award–.net Magazine Awards 2011–WINNER–Social campaign of the year–Jack Draws Anything–Jack and Ed Henderson
Our .net Award–.net Magazine Awards 2011–WINNER–Social campaign of the year–Jack Draws Anything–Jack and Ed Henderson

Ed added:

“Jack wanted to raise some money for the hospital which we thought was a lovely idea. What has happened since has been a whirlwind; a phenomenal amount has been raised for this great cause and, among many other exciting things, there is a book which is now being sold nationwide (which further supports the charity). A lot of our success could not have happened without social media so we are extremely grateful to everyone the world over who has spread the word about our wee boy’s project. Thank you to .net Magazine, all of the voters and judges.”

.Net Awards 2011 Highlights

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