TV stars buy Joshua’s paint­ing

£400 sale go­ing a long way to hit­ting his char­ity tar­get

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­ton@reach­

This Morn­ing hosts Holly Wil­loughby and Phillip Schofield have taken a shine to a young Hinck­ley artist and bought his lat­est mas­ter­piece live on TV.

Joshua Math­e­son, 12, re­cently hit the head­lines with his celebrity-in­spired mas­ter­pieces.

To mark This Morn­ing’s 30th an­niver­sary, Joshua pro­duced a pic­ture of Holly and Phillip and his mum then sent a photo of it to the hosts.

“Joshua was at home poorly one day from school, watch­ing This Morn­ing on ITV with me,” said Joshua’s mum Re­becca.

“He de­cided to try paint­ing a pic­ture of Phillip and Holly to wish them a happy 30th an­niver­sary.

“He did a lovely pic­ture and in­cor­po­rated the colours gold and teal to match their logo.

“I sent a photo of it to the This Morn­ing Face­book page with a lit­tle about what he is do­ing.

“He was ab­so­lutely over the moon when they showed his paint­ing live on the pro­gramme and even more so when they said they would match his £400 raised per­son­ally, bring­ing his to­tal to £800.”

After see­ing the paint­ing, Phillip as­ton­ish­ingly of­fered to con­trib­ute an­other £400 to the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety, in sup­port of the bud­ding artist’s wishes to raise money for the char­ity.

The team be­hind the show have since been in touch with Mrs Math­e­son and have as­sured her that the do­na­tion has been sent to the char­ity.

Joshua also hopes that the pre­sent­ing duo will ac­cept the paint­ing as a gift, which pro­duc­ers say they are work­ing to make hap­pen.

In as lit­tle as two months, the young­ster has raised £800 for the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety and hopes to have in­creased this to £1,000 by Christ­mas.

“Every­where he goes some­one con­grat­u­lates him on his suc­cess, he is very proud of him­self and is set­ting him­self more goals,” adds Re­becca.

“Joshua has now done some per­sonal paint­ings for peo­ple of their loved ones and their pets.

“We are im­mensely proud of him and still wowed daily by the new paint­ings he does.”

Joshua Math­e­son’s paint­ing of tele­vi­sion roy­alty Holly Wil­loughby and Phillip Schofield has re­ceived the thumbs up from the pair, who saw the photograph his mother sent into the show and agreed to donate £400 to the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety. Joshua with other works of art (left)

Holly Wil­loughby and Phillip Schofield

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