Talented young artist Molly from Ealing, London has designed this year’s Christmas e-card for supporters who are donating to Myeloma UK instead of giving Christmas cards or presents. The artistic seven-year-old supports Myeloma UK in memory of her grandmother who passed away from myeloma in 2011.
The young supporter held a fundraiser earlier this year, baking cakes, selling toys and painting portraits of people’s pets. After seeing her work, Myeloma UK decided to ask Molly if she could create an e-card for supporters to send to friends and family if they are donating in lieu of Christmas presents.
Molly said, “I was very excited and happy, and very proud to be asked to design a card for Myeloma UK.
“I love painting, especially the details of people and animals (like the light in their eyes). I think it really makes the painting look like it’s alive.”
Molly based the watercolour painting on her favourite toy polar bear, Poley, giving him a Santa hat and bauble for a Christmassy feel.
Dad Alex also mentioned that Molly is a member of her school’s Student Council, “She has put Myeloma UK forward as a charity for the school to support. She spoke at her school assembly about myeloma and Myeloma UK and is very keen to help raise awareness.”
Individual and Planned Giving Manager, Claire Durham was delighted with Molly’s efforts, “We think Molly’s painting is fantastic! Her festive polar bear image as an e-card is the perfect way for our donors to send a Christmas greeting to family and friends to let them know they have donated to a worthwhile cause instead of giving gifts this year. We are fortunate to have such a talented young person supporting our work.”
When asked why she thinks it’s important to raise awareness of myeloma, Molly said, “Not many people know about myeloma and the people who suffer from it really need help. It would be really good to help to find ways to help people live longer with the disease and maybe one day find a cure.”
“I want to do a similar event in 2018, to what I did this year. I don’t know exactly what it will be yet, but it will be even bigger and better!”
Molly’s original design is available as an e-card to send to family and friends when you donate instead of giving Christmas cards or presents. Donate now and create your e-card by selecting the drop-down option ‘Reason for donation field’ and choosing ‘Instead of Christmas gifts/cards’.