Keira drawing on her skills for charity mission

A talented teenage artist is using her skills to raise much-needed funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Saturday, 18th July 2020, 9:52 am
Keira Hirst is raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Keira Hirst, 16, embarked on the fundraising mission in memory of her grandfather Maurice Jackson, a farmer in Hayton who died from a form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma in February.

She decided to use her talent during lockdown after her GCSEs were cancelled and has created some outstanding images of various pets owned by friends and neighbours.

Keira took on the various commissions, charging £25 with £10 going to the Brain Tumour Charity.

Keira's grandad Maurice Jackson.

Keira said: “I started taking commissions during the lockdown period as I had lots of free time once the exams were called off.

“The reason I started the campaign, charging for the artwork, was to raise money for The Brian Tumour Charity. Each commission costs £25 with £10 going to the cause.”

Last September Keira and her sister Georgia, 20, raised £500 for charity and £1,000 for the Oncology Centre at Castle Hill Queen’s Centre by holding tree Yorkshire-themed quiz nights.

The centre is a volunteer-run place that families can go to for a coffee and advice.

Keira has drawn a number of pets owned including this German Shepherd

Keira lives with her parents in Brough with parents Louise and Ben. Louise runs a successful company called Yorkshire’s Finest Hampers and Ben is an accountant.

Louise, who is originally from Hayton, said: “I’m so very proud of Keira who has been putting her lockdown time to good use by creating these beautiful drawings of friends’ animals. She remembered how much her Papa had loved her drawings and how he had been so proud of the money Georgia and Keira raised last year.

“If you know of anyone who may want one done she is charging just £25. This fee will contain a £10 donation to the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of her beloved Papa.”

○ People can contact Keira on her Instagram business page at Keira_hirst_commissions

The excellent drawing of the horse.

○ Visit Yorkshire’s Finest Hampers for more information about the fundraising.

○ Visit to find out more about the charity.

One of the pet images sent to Keira.