Do-good doodles a boost for Rainham youngster
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 March 2015
An autistic boy has been using his passion for drawing to save a charity.
Elliott Ready, 6, from Rainham, has been producing pictures in return for donations to help Autism All Stars, which is in danger of closing down.
The Langtons Infant School pupil, who was diagnosed with high functioning autism two years ago, found out about the charity through Iconic Legion – a fundraising group which encourages people to dress up as superheroes to raise money for worthy causes.
The young philanthropist raised about £50 in a day and hopes to raise more, charging at least £2 per picture.
Elliott’s mum Alice Ready said: “The charity’s struggling for funds and it was asking people on Facebook to help out and these things don’t always work so he came up with a plan. He’s had about eight orders so far.”
The youngster, a huge Dr Who fan, is drawing anything and everything with requests for cats, rainbows and dinosaurs flooding in.
Fundraising is not new to Elliott who raised money two years ago to buy a mini tardis to take part in and raise money at Iconic Legion events.
Alice said: “I said to him this morning that he had more pictures to draw and he had the biggest smile on his face.
“He understands that it’s important – it’s about helping people with thinking positively about being autistic.”
The Surrey-based charity raises awareness of the condition and provides support through events and activities.
Elliott’s mum said: “The problem for a lot of autistic people is that there’s an overwhelming feeling of isolation and the charity provides a place where they can meet other people in their situation.”
Alice said the picture project is helping Elliott, who is struggling with school.
She said: “This is something he can do and the big smile this morning gave him such a boost and he really needs that at the moment. I told him that he doesn’t have to do it but he really wants to.
“He’s raised that much already and he’s six-years-old – what he’s doing is something that should inspire all of us to do something positive.”
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