In the past 231 days, the Prestonpans six–year–old has drawn 536 pictures, using 314 pens, 162 crayons and 96 pencils on 2144 sheets of paper.
Jack wanted to raise money for the hospital his youngest brother Noah attends with breathing problems. Since the project began, Noah has been admitted to hospital twice.
Jack has appeared on national television, gained celebrity support from the likes of actor David Tennant, the Eurythmics Dave Stewart who he drew an album cover copy for, The Wiggles and Queen’s Brian May.
And, last month, a book of his story and pictures was published by Hodders Children’s Books. It has been on sale in WH Smith, Waterstones and Sainsbury’s. He has attended four awards ceremonies and won the title of Child of the Year at Bighearted Scotland Awards.
Jack’s family, mum Rose, dad Ed and brothers Noah and Toby, have all been involved in the whirlwind, helping bring 222 cups of juice, 133 biscuits and 103 apples while the drawing is happening.
“I am really happy about getting to the end. I feel a little bit shy from all the pictures and the interviews. I hope you have all enjoyed my drawings, I have raised lots of money for the Sick Kids but if you still want to donate, I would be really happy. Just go to jackdrawsanything.com. Bye bye. Finished.”
Jack has spent a tenth of his young life on the project and a total of 268 hours drawing the requests.
Jack’s Dad Ed said:
“Jack has been amazing. Even when he was feeling unwell he kept going and got through his pictures. He is a typical 6 year old but underneath those freckles he is a superstar. We are so proud of him for all he has done and how he so maturely handles himself in the grownup situations he has found himself these last few months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us these last 8 months and we are looking forward to some free time in the evenings again!”
The website has had over 400,000 visits from 163 countries, with six million views of the Facebook page and over 6000 fans. He has appeared in the press in Brazil and Taiwan and dad Ed has tweeted over 3000 times to almost 900 followers.
Jack will now spend the Winter hibernating, just like his favourite animal, the hedgehog.
Maureen Harrison, chief executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said:
“Jack’s achievement in completing 500 amazing drawings to raise funds to help make time in hospital better for sick children and their families is truly amazing. He has spent many hours interpreting the requests people sent in — all of them highly imaginative — and producing incredibly detailed pictures which have clearly delighted the recipients.”
For further information, please contact:
- Ed Henderson, Jack’s Dad, firstname.lastname@example.org