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 13½) 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.
To date, Jack has raised £46,277 and picked up a host of awards, including the Scottish Sun’s Bighearted Scotland Child of the Year runner-up Winner.
Jack beamed: I’m really pleased to draw a special Christmas card for the Scottish Sun — and I hope the readers like it. I started drawing because my little brother Noah went to hospital lots. He can’t breathe very well sometimes. Every time he went in I thought he was going to die.
Jack’s dad Ed, 35, mum Rose, 35, and brothers Toby, four, and Noah, three, now live in San Fransisco.
Ed said: Jack created Scotty the Scottish Christmas Tree complete with baubles and a Sun at the top instead of a star. He drew the pot the tree lives in with the same colours as the newspaper.
Jack added: I am happy to draw a Christmas card design for The Scottish Sun and I’m really glad that it can raise more funds for the sick kids.
I’m really excited my book is being sold in Brazil and I hope they like my pictures. I love Brazil, yellow is my favourite colour and the people are really friendly.
Jack has so far raised over £32,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation through drawing pictures for donations and became a global phenomenon in the process after launching the project about a year ago. Jack wanted to raise money to support the hospital his youngest brother Noah attends with breathing problems.
Jack’s Dad Ed said:
It’s fantastic that there is still interest in Jack’s project, especially on the other side the world and we are delighted to have the opportunity to raise more money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.
The Portuguese language version of the book will go on sale in Brazil in May.
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.
The Remnant Kings are an Edinburgh band who also help fundraise for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. Jack noticed you all had a playing card about your person so made sure he did that too. Thanks and he hopes you like it (and are still together).
Jack has raised over £30,000 since launching his website jackdrawsanything.com in March for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. A book of his drawing and charting his fundraising story also recently went on the shelves of major retailers such as Waterstones and WH Smith.
“I loved winning the Bighearted Scotland award, wearing a kilt and raising the money for the Sick Kids. It was a good night and I met Rhionna McCulloch and she was nice. Stephen Jardine bought me a coca cola.”
Jack mingled with hosts Kaye Adams and Stephen Jardine at the event, as well as Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and was joined in the winners’ circle by Entertainer of the Year Fred MacAulay and Business Person of the Year Sir Brian Souter.
Jack’s Dad Ed said:
“The last 8 months have been absolutely amazing. Every week I think Jack’s wee journey has reached its end then something else happens. Who would have imagined all those months ago we would be here tonight in such fine company. Jack deserves every nice word said about him and this Bighearted Award sums up his attitude and dedication to a tee. Thank you to everyone who voted for him. He had a great night and was still dancing at 1am.”
Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (previously The Sick Kids Friends Foundation) said:
“We are delighted that Jack’s fantastic fundraising has been recognised at the Bighearted Scotland Awards. He is such an amazing little boy who has captured hearts all over the world and raised over £30,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, which is a tremendous achievement. Most of all he has shown us all what a good idea combined with determination and imagination can do to help make Sick Kids better!”
Cards are sold every year by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation to raise funds for the The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (where Jack’s little brother Noah receives frequent care) and Jack is honoured to have been asked to draw a Christmas card this year. He also had a little bit of help from his brothers Toby & Noah (they helped with the stars).
Santa draws anything
Santa draws anything is now available to purchase on the Sick Kids website and in the next few days will also be available in their shop at the hospital itself.
Chief Executive Maureen Harrison said:
We are thrilled that Jack has agreed to draw a card for us this year. A very special early Christmas present for Sick Kids!
We hope you can switch your Christmas cards this year to help Jack and the Edinburgh Sick Kids.
Bad news, Jack didn’t win the Charity Champion award. He just lost out to Laura Lee (Maggies). However he did receive a special commendation for all his hard work. Goody bag, certificate & tickets to the zoo. Jack got the biggest cheer of the night!
Thank you again to Slaters for the loan of the Tuxedos.
Here are the photos, a mix of our own and the SCVO official ones.
Jack in his Tuxedo ready to go
Mansfield Traquair Centre ready for the Awards
Dad (picture by Jack)
Jack at the table
Jack in front of the big screen (it was rotating through the nominees)
Jack in front of the big screen (again!)
Jack, Mummy & Daddy & all the Grandparents (Da, Nana, Grandad & Grandma) pose for a picture
Well, its getting closer now, the book is out on October 8 (115 days to go, eep) and today we posted the first batch of Jack’s pictures to the publishers. Our scanner is no match for the super computer they have in London so off goes all 251 pictures in a big brown box. Probably the most important piece of mail Jack (or I) will ever send. It cost a whopping £22!
Jack wanted to write Sara’s name on the front and draw a hedgehog to keep the pictures safe. A guard hedgehog.
Don't worry if your picture was not in the first 251, this is not the final cut off point. There will be another picture delivery heading to Londonshire in the next few weeks.
Last week we received what we can only describe as the BIGGEST box of art supplies we have ever seen. Household name, Crayola (based in Pennsylvania, USA) had sent Jack, Toby & Noah, dozens of their products. They stood with mouths open at the amount of stuff they had received.
THANK YOU so much to Stacy Gabrielle for her kind donation. At the rate Jack goes through pens, it will probably last 2 weeks!
In true "pay it forward" style AND at Jack’s suggestion, we have gathered up a share of this donation and have passed it on to Noah’s Toddler group in Port Seton and some will find its way to the Sick Kids.
The site, jackdrawsanything.com, has had almost 280,000 hits from places as far flung as the Philippines, Venezuela and Zambia.
And, after hitting the £20,000 (almost £24,000 with Gift Aid included), Jack is going to spend the summer having fun, playing & finishing his drawing requests and the family are delighted with the total raised so far.
Jack’s Dad Ed said:
We cannot believe we have managed to raise this unbelievable sum of money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. Jack is just one wee boy who had a fun fundraising idea – we could never have imagined it would take off to this extent.
Jack wanted to raise £100 to support the hospital brother Noah, aged two, regularly attends with chest problems. Jack, along with Dad Ed, Mum Rose, and middle brother Toby, three, have enjoyed a whirlwind couple of months with their fundraising efforts.
What Jack has achieved is quite amazing and so kind. His way of saying thank you to the hospital for Noah’s care with his lovely drawings has not only exceeded all fundraising expectations, but has also brought worldwide publicity to the help the Sick Kids Friends Foundation supporters’ donations bring to children and families.
Huge thanks to everyone who has donated to this project and of course to Jack, who has touched the hearts of so many people.
Jack doing the Teddy Toddle in 2006 with help from Da & Mummy
This is an article taken from the Sick Kids Friends Foundation website on 26 May 2011. Thank you to them for allowing us to reproduce it.
The eighth annual Sick Kids Friends Foundation Teddy Toddle and Summer Fair 2011, sponsored by Ethicon in the Community, is to be started by artist Jack Henderson – the six–year–old drawing fanatic – who has proved an Internet phenomenon by drawing pictures for donations.
Jack, who has raised over £19,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in just two months, will sound the starter horn for his two younger brothers Noah and Toby and the rest of the toddlers and their teddies who are getting set to go walk about at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Teddy Toddle and Summer Fair to be held at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday 4 June.
This year, the tots will be joined by stars of children’s television including the musical, multi-talented painter and decorator, ‘Spencer’ from Balamory and favourite CBeebies scientist ‘Nina’ from Nina and the Neurons.
The stars will put their best feet forward to join around 200 toddlers in raising funds for the purchase of medical equipment which will be used on brain surgery for the removal of tumours. This equipment which is like a magic pen will cost £62,000.
The Teddy Toddle is aimed at kids under six – who can choose their favourite teddy, toddle down Meadowbank running track and raise money for the Edinburgh The Royal Hospital for Sick Children – a great cause – while enjoying themselves.
Older brothers and sisters can also enjoy a sports day run by Edinburgh Leisure, a bouncy castle and games, while there will also be around 30 stalls selling a wide variety of goods to raise funds for sick kids.
Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, added: “We’re delighted to have some of the hospital’s patients and their siblings actively take part on the day alongside our children’s favourite TV stars. Their attendance makes the cause all the more special.”
“The fact that Jack Henderson and his brothers are taking part is wonderful. Jack began fundraising for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation to say thank you for the care received by his younger brother Noah, aged two, who has been in the The Royal Hospital for Sick Children a number of times because of a respiratory illness.”
“Little did we know that when Jack put pen to paper on that very first drawing, that his campaign for donations for drawings would snowball via social media with fundraising targets far outreaching the first £100 that his parents set, when the challenge began as a bit of fun.”
“Jack has now raised close to £20,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation and his drawings have actually been made into a book and published by Hodder Publishing.”
“It’s an amazing feat for a six–year–old boy and we can’t thank the Henderson family enough. We’re delighted that all three of the boys, Jack, Noah and Toby are all coming down to support our annual Teddy Toddle which could be described as possibly the cutest event in Edinburgh!”
The Teddy Toddle and Summer Fair will take place at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday 4 June from 12 noon to 4pm.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Leon Jarmolowicz and the guys at Vivid (European marketing guys for Crayola). They sent over a big box of goodies to Jack and his brothers Toby & Noah, thank you so much for that. Jack always needs new pens and crayons so this was a well timed arrival, thank you so much.
Also, they also sent a big bundle over to our friends at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation for all the boys and girls over at the Hospital to use. Beauty mate.
And, Jack is currently taking a little bit of each pen/crayon/pencil donation he receives and is preparing a big box for the Sick Kids. In a few weeks he will be donating that to them for the kids to use. Watch this space.
Jack is in his bed right now, totally unaware of the situation. I am not going to wake him up but rest assured we will let him know in the morning that we have reached target number 5–£15,000, in 41 days. Wow.
It’s late, Rose and I need to go to bed so I’ll keep it short. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. We will post something more coherent tomorrow but right now way too tired but rest assured if you have donated, tweeted, shared, gossiped, emailed, Facebooked, phoned or helped us in the last 6 weeks, you rock. Without you and the Interweb, none of this would be possible.
Jack came along with Mummy today to visit Noah (and Daddy) in the Sick Kids. Jack’s job was tire Noah out so that he would have a nap, not need oxygen and allow us to bring him home. Job done Jack, great stuff.
He also brought his pens and did a drawing while he was in the Isolation Room. The lucky person who requested #103 (still to be scanned and posted) is in for a double treat. Not only will they get their request done, it would have been actually drawn within the Sick Kids itself.
Thanks again for all the support and kind words these last few days. Friends, family (thanks to Grandma and Grandad for watching the well kids) and you guys out there are immense.
Just a wee quick post to say that Noah is home. I wouldn't say he is well, but he was well enough to get out the Sick Kids and home to his own toys and own bed. He is still on additional meds and still coughing and spluttering but hopefully his own bed and some home cooked meals and he will be on the road to recovery.
The first thing he did when got home was play on the trampoline and ask for some Easter Eggs!
Big big thank you to all the messages of goodwill and support we have had over the last 2 days, it has been incredible, so from Rose and I–THANK YOU.
Also, thank you to my work who hopefully aren't too annoyed at me running out at 8:30am on Tuesday to rush up to the Hospital, sorry and thanks guys.
Big thank you also to all the staff at the Sick Kids who looked after us so well and ensured Noah was dealt with in the quickest and nicest way possible. Hopefully not see you soon!