Kind young artist sells his work in mem­ory of beloved un­cle lost to can­cer

Har­vey, 10, raises cash for Beat­son char­ity who cared

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

A kind-hearted school boy who lost his un­cle to can­cer is rais­ing money for those who cared for him in his last days.

De­voted Har­vey Lang, 10, came up with a plan to sell his draw­ings to col­lect funds for the Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity in mem­ory of Scott Devlin who died in July last year aged just 36.

The Bellsmyre young­ster was de­ter­mined to raise money for the unit where he spent pre­cious time with his un­cle be­fore he died.

Proud mum Anne Lang told the Len­nox Her­ald how the Aitken­bar Pri­mary pupil sur­prised ev­ery­one with his en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills.

Speak­ing on Mon­day, she said: “He came out of school on Fri­day and he showed me a draw­ing he had done.

“He said ‘I’m going to sell my pic­tures and raise money’. I asked him ‘what for?’ and he said ‘the Beat­son’.

“His un­cle was treated at the Beat­son and passed away eight months ago to­day.

“Har­vey was quite close to him. I don’t think he’s ever far from his thoughts.

“He was in the Beat­son for about six months and Har­vey was up most week­ends. He al­ways put a smile on his un­cle’s face.”

Anne put the de­tails of Har­vey’s work on Face­book and they were soon in­un­dated with prospec­tive buy­ers and friends and fam­ily or­der­ing cus­tom-made orig­i­nals.

The mum, who also has seven-year-old twins Carly and Cameron and two-yearold Isla, said: “Peo­ple started of­fer­ing money for the pic­tures.

“A cou­ple of peo­ple were ask­ing if he could do other pic­tures and they would pay him.

“He has raised al­most £150. He’s very arty.”

Har­vey, who wants to be an ar­chi­tect when he is older, was touched by all of the do­na­tions and has been work­ing hard over the week­end to fin­ish his art­work. Anne con­tin­ued: “He’s really pleased and really shocked at the re­sponse.

“You can just see in his face, he’s really happy when you say ‘there’s an­other £5 or an­other £10.

“He’s still got an­other cou­ple of pic­tures that he is to draw.

“He thinks it’s amaz­ing how peo­ple have do­nated from the kind­ness of their heart. It’s great see­ing his wee face brighten up.”

Har­vey’s kind-hearted ges­ture comes as the Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity marks its third an­niver­sary with the an­nounce­ment over £14mil­lion has been pledged since it was formed.

The money has al­lowed an ex­pan­sion of a wide range of projects to benefit peo­ple af­fected by can­cer in­clud­ing a range of treat­ments car­ried out from the Vale of Leven Hos­pi­tal in Alexan­dria.

It’s amaz­ing peo­ple have do­nated from the kind­ness of their heart

Kind ges­ture Har­vey Lang and his draw­ings which he is sell­ing in mem­ory of his un­cle Scott

Close Har­vey Lang and his beloved un­cle Scott Devlin who passed away af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer

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