WHILE most schoolboys spend their summer holidays out playing with friends, Dylan Ward spent his creating pictures for his forthcoming art exhibition.
It is the latest drive by the 10-year-old to raise life-saving funds for Macmillan nurses who cared for his late grandfather.
Blackfell Primary School pupil Dylan was last year named as Britain’s Kindest Kid after raising thousands of pounds for the cause.
Now he is gearing up for the latest exhibition of his work which has earned him a number of famous admirers, including Prime Minister David Cameron and TV presenter and actress Denise Welch, who both have copies of his work.
Mum Ann Marie, 30, said: “He never stopped for the whole six weeks holiday. A lot of his work is of penguins at the minute and he has 20-30 pictures of them but he is still really interested in painting butterflies as well.
“A lot of his work is collages and paintings but he’s trying to get some Christmas cards printed before the exhibition, too.”
Since Dylan began painting for charity, he’s been featured in newspapers across the region and beyond, met the Prime Minister at Downing Street, had international orders for his work and recently helped to open the new Macmillan Information Centre at Sunderland Royal Hospital with Denise Welch.
Ann Marie, of Ayton, Washington, said: “It’s non-stop but we are so proud of him.
“He still doesn’t want anything for himself – he just wants to help people.
“He’s even had tweets from Amanda Holden supporting him, but he’s still very quiet.
“He doesn’t realise how much he’s achieved.”
The talented youngster, who also makes charm bracelets for charity, was inspired to help Macmillan after its nurses cared for his grandfather, John Pearson, who was 53 when he died from cancer in 2009.
As well as being named Britain’s Kindest Kid, last year Dylan also won a Pride of Wearside award.
Dylan’s next exhibition, which features up to 70 items of his work, will take place on September 26 at Usworth and District Working Men’s Club, known as the Top Club, in Sulgrave, from 6pm to 9pm.
Tickets are £1 on the door and money raised will go Macmillan.
For more information you can visit Dylan’s website www.dylanward.webs.com or follow him on Twitter on @DylanWardArt31.