St Francis Xavier student uses creative skills to support teenagers with cancer

SFX pupil Annia Henderson.

A student from St Francis Xavier School has used her creative talents to support teenagers with cancer.

Year 9 student Annia Henderson took inspiration from social media to learn a new skill, develop contacts and raise money to support others.

“I saw the way someone had created an image and, by using Adobe Illustrator and tried doing it myself for my family and friends,” said Annia.

After being inundated with requests Annia, with the support of her mum, looked at how demand could help others in need.

“We decided to contact people and see if they were willing to donate money for a picture.

“Some did and I made images for them, others just donated money because it was a good cause.”

Annia said she found the experience very rewarding and benefited from using her love of art, a subject she is planning to take for GCSE.

Her goal is to be a makeup artist and she takes inspiration from social media influencers.

The £600 she raised was split between Herriot Hospice and Dreamflight.

Annia also contacted the family of Eilidh Hallett, a much loved SFX student who lost her battle with cancer in 2019, and made a contribution from the fundiasing to children’s cancer services and the charity, Clic Sargent, which supported Eilidh’s family.

Dr Hallett, Eilidh’s mother, hopes to create a foundation in her daughter’s name to raise awareness and support for teenagers with brain tumours, something the school hopes to support in the future.