Washington schoolboy’s paintings raise thousands of pounds

Dylan Ward collecting a cheque for charity  from the owner of the Biscuit Factory, Ramy Zack after his exhibition of Penguin art.

Dylan Ward collecting a cheque for charity from the owner of the Biscuit Factory, Ramy Zack after his exhibition of Penguin art.

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PINT-SIZED Picasso Dylan Ward has raised a whopping £8,400 through his latest art works.

An exhibition of the Washington schoolboy’s work at the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, raised the life-saving amount for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Blackfell Primary School pupil was inspired to help the charity after his grandfather John Pearson died from cancer in 2009, aged 53.

Dylan has since created hundreds of paintings to help the charity.

Many of his works feature penguins, his favourite animals.

His 15 original penguin prints sold out within a day and a half of going on display at the gallery with further funds raised through print sales.

Dylan, from Ayton, said: “I think it’s brilliant to see my own paintings in an exhibition and to raise money for Macmillan.

“Some people have asked me to sign their prints, which makes me feel really proud.”