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Jack Henderson in book deal for Sick Kids in Edinburgh

Jack Henderson
Image caption Jack Henderson has gone through more than four sets of pens

A six-year-old boy, who raised thousands of pounds for an Edinburgh hospital with his drawings, has signed a book deal.

Jack Henderson, from Prestonpans in East Lothian, has received thousands of e-mails since he set up Jack Draws Anything, with the help of father Ed.

Jack received hundreds of commissions with donations going to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Edinburgh.

He has signed a deal with international publishers Hodder Children's Books.

The book, which is being rushed through to be published by 6 October, will feature a collection of Jack's drawings and profits from its sale will go to the Sick Kids' Friends Foundation.

To-date, Jack has raised almost £17,000 after setting an initial target of £100 for the hospital his baby brother Noah attends with chest problems.

Wider audience

Sara O'Connor, Hodder Children's Books senior editorial manager, said: "I found out about the project one week in through Facebook.

"The first picture I saw was "Heatblast for Charlie Prentice #27" and then flipped through the rest of the pictures and stories and couldn't stop smiling.

"This was a story that deserved a much wider audience."

Mr Henderson, Jack's father, said: "This whole thing has taken off beyond anything we could ever have imagined.

"We're very proud of Jack, as we are of all our boys, and we are determined as a family to raise as much as we can to support the Sick Kids Friends Foundation."

Jack is a third of the way through his drawings, having completed 200 in 63 days, with his father estimating he will be finished by the end of the summer.

Maureen Harrison, chief executive of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: "Little did we know when Jack decided that he would do drawings for friends to raise funds for the Sick Kids' Friends Foundation, to thank staff at the children's hospital in Edinburgh for the care that his little brother Noah has had, that Jack Draws Anything would become an internet phenomenon and now a book."

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