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Prisoner’s art set to help Olivia’s tricycle appeal
4:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
TRICYCLE APPEAL: Seven-year-old Olivia Hancock, from Evesham, who suffers from cerebral palsy diplegia.
ONE of Britain’s most notorious prisoners has shown a softer side by donating artwork to help a seven-year-old girl from Evesham.
Charles Bronson, who is often referred to as the country’s most violent prisoner, has posted two drawings to Olivia Hancock.
The youngster suffers from cerebral palsy diplegia and her family are trying to raise £1,200 for a specially built tricycle.
They are hoping the drawings by Bronson, whose artwork has previously fetched more than £1,000, will help Olivia get her new tricycle and be able to play with other children.
Olivia’s mum, Emma Haynes, of Bredon Hill View, said: “I had heard of Charles Bronson but I didn’t know much about him until I looked it up.
“When he contacted me I thought it was a bit random but if it raises awareness of what we are trying to do and helps with the cost of the tricycle I am grateful. All the kids have bikes and when she sat on the tricycle she had the biggest smile in the world. We are holding events as well to raise money including a Halloween fancy dress party at Hampton Community Hall at 3pm on Thursday, October 31, and an event with an auction of promises on Saturday, November 9, at 7.30pm at the Ambassador Club.”
Bronson, who currently resides at HMP Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in 23-houra- day solitary confinement, found out about Olivia’s plight from her neighbour and his long-time supporter Corey Mather.
Mr Mather said: “I found out there was a great deal of charity work he does. My son plays with Olivia. I contacted Charlie and his fiancée and said could we maybe donate or help the cause. To my surprise he got in touch with Olivia’s mum.”
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