Art fans line up to raise funds for boy suffering with cancer
- Credit: Archant
A fundraising exhibition in Norwich to send a nine- year-old boy with cancer to Legoland has raised over £7,500.
People queued down the street to support the exhibition at Mandell Gallery on Elm Hill, which will split the money between charity Chidren with Cancer UK and the end of treatment celebration.
More than 370 original art works were donated to the exhibition by artists across the globe, including eminent figures such as Maggi Hambling and Norwich pop artist Colin Self.
Each piece was sold anonymously and for the identical price of £40, giving shrewd buyers the chance to scoop a bargain.
The event was organised by Sarah Cannell, mother to nine-year-old Henry, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia two years ago.
You may also want to watch:
Ms Cannell gave up her job as an artist and curator when Henry received his diagnosis and said for the past two years family life had been put on hold. Now she is hoping that half the money raised by the Henry's Odyssey exhibition will allow them to visit Legoland in Denmark when Henry's treatment completes in March.
Henry said 'I want to go to Legoland because I love building stuff with lego-. Its really exciting to think about.'
- 1 'One of life's gentlemen' - Neighbours describe killer's double life
- 2 Village rounds on council over 'disgraceful' road resurfacing that covered cycle lanes and blocked drains
- 3 Missing man found by off-duty police officer
- 4 Woman's life 'left in pieces' after being raped while unconscious
- 5 The rise and fall of a beloved Norfolk wildlife park
- 6 Man in 50s dies after crash between car and bicycle
- 7 £5m roadworks on A47 cause delays - and months more to come
- 8 Couple in 80s given hospital treatment after alleged assault in village
- 9 Three Norfolk hotels named among the best for romance in the UK
- 10 Builder opens shepherd huts on site with unusual feature
Also on display were Henry's 'bravery beads', a string of more than 450 different beads, each representing a treatment or procedure.
He added: 'Next week I have to have a lumbar puncture. I'm not too worried because I will be in a magic sleep from the anaesthetic but I'm not allowed food for a long time before which isn't good.'
Henry wants to donate the other half of the money raised to Children With Cancer UK to support the research the charity does into improving the treatment for other children.
He added: 'When I finish my treatment I get to ring the [charity End of Treatment Bells] bell at the hospital and invite my family and friends to see it. It means my treatment is over and we can celebrate.'
Ms Cannell said that although Henry's illness had been tough, she had not had time to think about it. Last year she gave talks to junior doctors to improve the way they relate to children with cancer.
She added: 'If we can do this, we can do anything.'
Donate by going to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/henrysodyssey