Hayden from Diss draws on his talents to raise money in memory of family friend
A seven-year old is doing his bit for charity by drawing pictures in memory of a young girl who died from cancer.
Hayden Daly, of Diss, has already completed 13 pictures and is working his way through another 17 after his mum, Kellyann, posted what he was up to on the town’s community internet forum.
Hayden decided he wanted to raise money in memory of Maddison Turner, also from Diss, who died in September 2015, of cancer, aged only 2.
He has already raised £190 within two weeks with commissions still pouring in.
“He just said one day that he wanted to draw pictures and sell them,” said mum Kellyann, 32, a nursery nurse.
“He asked a couple of family members if they wanted to buy one and, at first, I thought that would be it.
“I asked him what he wanted to earn money for, thinking he was going to say to buy things for his rats, and his response was: ‘I want to be kind for the charities’.
“After a chat about which charity he would like to give money to, he said: ‘I just want to help people’ – and he has decided he would like to give all of the money he makes to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in memory of Maddison.”
Maddison was only two years old when she died of cancer, after 51 weeks.
Kellyann and husband Chris are friends with Graham Turner, who used to run Diss Town Taxis and partner, Kelly.
“It was heartbreaking,” said Kellyann.
“It obviously stayed with Hayden, too, and now he just wants to make a difference.
“His drawings are really just those of a normal seven-year-old boy, but what he is doing really seems to have touched a chord.
“People have sent him requests for all kinds of pictures from sausage dogs, to a picture of himself and favourite thing, his pet rat.
“People have been really kind and donated everything from £3 to £20 per picture.
“I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Maddison’s mum, Kelly, said: “When we heard what Hayden was doing, we thought it was such a wonderful and kind gesture. We were very moved.”
To visit Hayden’s donation page, go online to Haydens Drawings.