Local boy Turns Fashion Designer for Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Monday, 23 July 2012

AN ARTISTIC school boy has switched his paper for fabric to design commemorative t-shirts for the Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

Seven-year-old Jack Henderson will become part of SKFF's 20th anniversary celebrations after designing a t-shirt featuring a unique heart symbol and his signature. The t-shirts can be bought online (www.edinburghsickkids.org) or from the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children shop. Jack has also designed a Christmas-themed t-shirt, which will go on sale from October .

Jack, from Prestonpans, inEast Lothian, achieved worldwide fame last year when he launched a campaign to raise money for SKFF when his little brother Noah was treated at the hospital after falling ill.

The creative youngster offered to draw anything anyone requested of him in exchange for donations to the Foundation. Such was the demand for his pictures, Jack created his website (www.jackdrawsanything.com) with the help of his dad, Ed.

Initially setting out to raise £100 for the Foundation, Jack ended up raising a staggering £32,000 and his creations were commissioned  from as far afield asAustralia.

Talented Jack said: "Everyone seemed to  enjoy my drawings and now I hope they will like my t-shirt designs. So many people have been very generous and helped me raise a lot of money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, but if you still want to donate, I would be really happy if you would buy a t-shirt!!."

Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of SKFF, said: "Jack has already proved himself to be a very creative young boy with all of his excellent drawings and I'm delighted he is helping us raise even more funds for our 20th anniversary by designing some fantastic t-shirts.

"We want this year to be our best so far so please dig deep and invest in one of SKFF's commemorative 20th anniversary t-shirts. All funds raised from the sales of the t-shirts will help fund innovative equipment, training and research, and also provide support for patients and their families."

Jack's t-shirts  are available in two sizes, ages 3-4 and 5-6, and cost £5 each. His book 'Jack Draws Anything' is on sale in theUK,South KoreaandBrazil.


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The Sick Kids Friends Foundation helps sick children get better by funding extra medical equipment, improving facilities, financing specialised research and training and providing a wide variety of extra comforts for young patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, other health centres in the East of Scotland and in the Community. For more information please visit www.edinburghsickkids.org