Welcome to my website. I am was drawing ANYTHING to raise funds for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, just ask me. My little brother Toby and my wee brother Noah used to go in a lot. My name is Jack and I am 6 (now 12) years old.
Jack and family have now been in California for just over 8 months. This is the longest Jack’s wee brother, 4–year–old Noah has gone without needing to go to the hospital with breathing problems. Last weekend we had our first experience of an American ER.
Noah had managed to pick up Pneumonia and by Saturday 3am, his breathing deteriorated to the point where Dad rushed him to our local hospital.
Thankfully after good care and quick medicine, Noah is on the mend and out of hospital now. But at the time, like it is EVERYTIME he needs to go to hospital, it can be very scary.
As Noah was recovering after his medicine and treatment, he was super–bored as there was literally nothing to do in the ER for kids.
He did watch the Policeman in the next room looking after a handcuffed prisoner and the lady over the corridor asking for beer instead of medicine.
Noah asked over and over for some books, crayons or toys. After a while even my iPhone proved boring and he asked to go to the other hospital with the toys!
We have received SO MANY messages from former Sick Kids patients, now grown–ups themselves, who have heard about Jack and want to say THANK YOU for his fundraising, and mentioning the help the Sick Kids gave them when they were younger.
Without the Sick Kids, a lot of grown–ups would not be with us today.
This week sees the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Heroes of the Hospital 20th Anniversary Awards. The awards highlight just how many special patients, parents, staff, volunteers and supporters there has been at the Hospital and in the Community, over the last 20 years.
Jack is to be presented with a Special Recognition Award in light of his fundraising over the last few years.
Since Jack is unable to make the Awards Ceremony & Lunch, he has made a little video which hopefully gets played on the day. If not, here it is now!
by Jack Henderson
Jack’s acceptance speech for his Special Recognition at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Heroes of the Hospital 20th Anniversary Awards
[SQUEAKY DOOR OPENS]
I’m Jack from Jack Draws Anything, in California.
I wanted to say thank you for the Special Recognition Award.
Thank you very much…and…I…I hope you all win the Award…very happily.
This is from Jack, have a nice drawing day.
The inscription on Jack’s award reads In recognition of the wonderful, unique Jack Draws Anything fundraising campaign.
Jack and all his family would like to say a big well done to all the nominees, Award winners and Sick Kids supporters. Thank you to The Sick Kids Friends Foundation for their recognition. We hope everyone has a nice time at the event.
We hope Jack’s Grandma & Grandad will be kind enough to bring his Award over to California when they visit in the Summer.
As Jack reaches the end of his first school year in California, he brought home some wonderful art he has produced this term. These were done entirely on his own during his scheduled art time. He thought it might be nice to share some of these with his website. Descriptions of the art are in Jack’s own words.
Jack, Toby & Noah (and Mum & Dad) had a fantastic time. seeing all of the drawings, toys, exhibits, history, displays, movies and statues. There is even an ice rink, garden, theatre (showing Peanuts on loop), Labyrinth maze in the shape of Snoopy, the cafe where Sparky (nickname for Charles M. Schulz) used to visit (its called the Warm Puppy Cafe) and an amazing gift shop.
Jack really liked seeing the drawings (when you looked closely at his colouring–in you could see the lines) and his many sketches. Jack also saw how Charles worked (and WHERE he worked as there is a replica of his office where he drew for many years).
Jack and his brothers even had their own go at their own Peanuts artwork in a special kids art room at the Museum.
The whole family had an awesome time and will be going back in the Summer. If you are ever in the area, we urge you to check it out.
Jack wanted to do a picture for Charles M. Schulz since he is “so awesome’ (even though he died in 2000). Jack decided upon a dancing Scottish Snoopy wearing a kilt (Henderson tartan of course).
Jack and his family made the short but dangerous and breathtaking trip along California’s Highway 1 this weekend to visit Stinson Beach. Jack and his brothers had a great time paddling, building sandcastles and playing beach volleyball.
Jack however found another use for the golden Californian sand and some driftwood.
Can you tell what it is yet?
Final touches, an eye and his signature.
Finished, Jack wants to dedicate this bumblebee to the hundreds of people who have asked him to draw a bumblebee these last few weeks!
Closeup of Jack’s first ever beach original, complete with signature. A Japanese tourist even stopped to take a picture.
Jack didn’t know who Ross King was so a quick Google search reminded him, oh, that man who sits in front of the sign from Shrek. Jack used the picture below as reference and if I say so myself he has the hair spot on. Hope you like it Ross.