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Family’s ‘thank you’ to hospital became ‘monster project’ that raised £100k

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The family of a boy whose art has raised £100,000 for his hospital said the money is a “thank you” to the medical staff who have looked after him.

Noah 12, from Dedham, Colchester was born with severe brain damage and has hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is non-verbal.

Art is one way in which Noah works on his motor skills – but recently it has seen him collaborate with artists all over the world.

Noah, who has helped raise £100,000 for his hospital with his artwork

“There’s a process for us as parents where we reach out and teach him to hold on to stuff, because his motor skills aren’t brilliant,” Nathan Jones, 47, Noah’s stepfather, told the PA news agency.

“It’s not so much about him being an artist, it’s just about him being a family member, and us doing something cool, fun and creative with him.”

A collaboration piece from Graham Freeman and Noah

Mr Jones, a painter and decorator, decided to ask some of his art contacts if they would like to add their own interpretations to Noah’s cardboard-based background paintings.

He sent Noah’s work around the world to interested creatives, and has since received finished pieces from countries such as Australia the USA Taiwan Italy and Spain.

A total of around £100,000 has since been raised for Colchester Hospital – where Noah receives a lot of his care – as a result of book sales and an eBay auction, with one piece going for more than £3,000.

A collaboration piece from Mason Storm and Noah

“He spent a lot of his life in hospital at the beginning, and his prognosis was sadly that he probably wouldn’t come home with us,” said Mr Jones, who is married to Noah’s mother Laura.

“So he’s defying all the odds all the way, and we have a new motto now which is ‘big and strong, prove ’em wrong’ – he has done so throughout his life.

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