Prints of local student’s ‘hero’ word art drawing now available to order

Photo of prints of various sizes laid out on a wooden surface.
Prints of a ‘word art’ drawing by Jessica Willcox-Drew which are being sold to raise funds for North Bristol NHS Trust Charitable Funds.

Prints of an incredible drawing of a mask-wearing nurse created by a Bradley Stoke art student using the word ‘hero’ repeated thousands of times are now available to order in exchange for a donation to a local NHS charity.

The original ‘hero’ drawing was created in April 2020, at the peak of the UK’s coronavirus emergency, by Jessica Willcox-Drew, 18, with the aim of reminding NHS staff of how much their efforts are appreciated.

Jessica says the piece took around ten hours to create the work, using a 0.03mm fine liner pen on a dark blue background – the signature colour of the NHS.

Close-up photo showing instances of the word 'hero'.
Fine detail of the ‘Hero’ word art drawing.

The Bradley Stoke Journal’s original article about the drawing went viral, attracting more than 45,000 views on our Facebook page and resulting in the story being picked up by the BBC and several other media outlets.

The image also found wider appreciation through being projected onto the sides of buildings around the world as part of an initiative organised by the #MakeItBlueCollective (see Make It Blue UK on Facebook).

Thanks to the generosity of Fishponds based Gemini Print, copies of Jessica’s drawing are now available to order in exchange for a donation to North Bristol NHS Trust Charitable Funds (a.k.a. Southmead Hospital Charity).

The picture is available in three formats:

  • A3 print: £10
  • A4 print: £8
  • Pack of five A6 cards with envelopes: £7

To ensure that every penny goes to the nominated charity, orders must be place through a dedicated GoFundMe page set up by Jessica’s mum, Katherine Drew:

Everyone who makes a donation to obtain a print or set of cards will be entered into a draw, to be made on 1st August 2020, for the chance of winning Jess’s original drawing, with two prints being put up as consolation prizes.

B & D Plastering: Based in Bradley Stoke and serving the whole of Bristol and South Glos.

The step-by-step procedure for ordering prints is as follows:

  1. Make a donation of the appropriate amount via the GoFundMe page
  2. Contact Katherine on 07983 076309 with your name & address for delivery of your purchased item(s)
  3. Send £1 to cover postage costs to Katherine’s PayPal account:

Note: GoFundMe gives donors the option of adding a ‘voluntary tip’ to help cover its platform costs. Its service is provided free of charge to personal fundraisers.

Speaking to the Journal, Katherine said:

“We have been immensely proud of Jessica and her generous nature to help people.”

“Jessica is still shocked by everyone’s generosity but grateful to everyone who has assisted us.”

Photo of Jess holding her drawing.
Jessica Willcox-Drew with her ‘hero’ word art drawing.
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