Nelly (8) raises £3K for Zoo with 100 animal artworks

AN eight-year-old has raised more than £3,000 for Durrell after drawing 100 animals in 100 days.

Nelly Craven has spent over three months drawing different animals – something she said has been tiring but lots of fun.

‘I have put lots of hard work into drawing all the animals and I hope they can help the Zoo which is my favourite place,’ she said.

Nelly said the inspiration came when she discovered that the organisation was struggling financially.

‘I came up with the idea to help all the animals and any money I raised would go to the charity.’

She added that her favourite drawings were of an owl and dolphins.

Nelly has currently raised £3,140 on her JustGiving page, which was set up by her parents.

Nelly’s mother, Janna Craven, said the family were extremely proud of her and all the hard work she had put in. She added: ‘Nelly came up with the idea all by herself and has put in so much hard work to complete all the drawings. She has come home from school each day and spent her evenings drawing.

‘Even though she would get tired she never gave up and as parents we could not be prouder.’

Nelly’s father, Dan Craven, said that they set the target of £500 to raise and have now achieved more than six times that.

Nelly drew the dolphin on day-eight

He added: ‘Nelly has done this all by herself and it is so wonderful to see her drive and contribution towards a good cause at such a young age,’ he said, explaining that Nelly originally wanted to draw for 1,000 days to raise £1,000, but the family thought this would be too much.

The family are now exploring the option of auctioning Nelly’s drawings to raise further money for the charity.

To donate visit Nelly’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, Nelly-Draws4Durrell, where there are details of her JustGiving fundraising page.

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