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Jack Draws Anything has drawn EVERYTHING!

Hodder Children's Books Press Release

07 Nov 2011

Jack Draws Anything has drawn EVERYTHING

Internet sensation Jack Henderson of Jack Draws Anything has completed his marathon of drawings, raising over £31,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

And, in October 2011, a book of his story and pictures was published by Hodders Childrens Books. It has been on sale in WH Smith, Waterstones and Sainsburys. He has attended four awards ceremonies and won the title of Child of the Year at Bighearted Scotland Awards.

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.

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.

Jack said: "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.

For further information, please contact:
• Ed Henderson, Jack’s Dad, me@jackdrawsanything.com, 07971 535 258
• Suzanne Mackie, Indigo, Suzanne@indigopr.com, (0131) 554 1230

Hodder Children's Books

Jack Draws Anything

Jack Henderson
Authors:
Jack Henderson

After a family friend bought one of his drawings for 20p, six-year-old Jack came up with the idea to 'draw anything' in return for donations to the hospital that treats his two-year-old brother. His parents set up a website and thought they might make £100. After two weeks, Jack had over 500 picture requests and had raised over £10,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.Parents Ed and Rose with Jack, Toby and Noah appeared on the Fern Britton Show and Jack's project was featured on Russell Howard's Good News four times. Coverage by STV news, BBC news, and CBBC Newsround have all helped spread the word about this creative and generous little boy. Jack is slowly but steadily drawing the requested pictures which range from a 'dinosaur diving into a pool of jelly' (#1) to 'my (extremely bald) friend Brian dancing like a crazy man' (#80). He doesn't draw every day, only when he wants to, and his parents estimate that he'll finish at the end of August. For the latest drawings, or to make a donation yourself, visit jackdrawsanything.com.

Jack Henderson

Six-year-old Jack Henderson loves to draw, but wants to be a fireman when he grows up.