Eight-year-old artist raises more than £3,000 by 'drawing for Durrell'

Eight-year-old Nelly Craven has now completed her 'Draw for Durrell' challenge which she started during lockdown when the zoo had to close its doors. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A young artist from Jersey has raised more than £3,000 for Jersey Zoo - by drawing 100 pictures of animals.

Eight-year-old Nelly Craven has now completed her 'Draw for Durrell' challenge which she started when the zoo had to close its doors.

When Durrell appealed for help with its running costs, Nelly set herself the task of drawing 100 animals in the hope of raising £500 to help.

A few short months on, she has raised more than six times that amount through her online fundraising page - and her efforts have been gratefully received by the team at Durrell.

Nelly, I think, was our first community fundraiser - she was the first person that thought, 'goodness, I really want to do something to help the zoo', and her story and the idea that she came up with is just so personal and lovely and such a huge commitment. To commit to drawing 100 pictures is just completely phenomenal.

Alex Shears, Director of Communications and Fundraising at Durrell

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