Refugees stand in a queueWhen Oliver Hall heard about the plight of refugees, he wanted to do his bit to help.

The seven-year-old schoolboy drew a picture, called ‘Lost on the Road’, about people who have had to walk long distances.

Oliver, who has autism, said he simply wanted to help someone start a new life by raising a bit of money.

His mum, Charlotte, was going to buy the picture from him, until a friend suggested auctioning it on ebay.

Incredibly, the bid at the time of writing stood at a fantastic £82. Money raised will go towards our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal.


Oliver with his drawing

“He has done really well, he can’t believe it,” said Charlotte, from Stockton.

Charlotte often talks to Oliver about what is happening in the news.

When she spoke to him about the refugee crisis, Oliver decided to step in.

“What he really wanted was for the government to send big boats and helicopters to bring people here,” said Charlotte.

“After I spoke to him, he disappeared from the room and came back with this drawing.

“He just said he wanted to do something to help.”

There is also a fundraising page where people can donate. The combined total of the fundraising page and auction is more than £100.

The auction ends tonight (Tuesday 8 September).

Charlotte added: “He’s a young boy on his own amazing journey in life, living with autism and gradually learning to cope with the challenges every day presents.

“I’m incredibly proud of him.”


Oliver is among scores of people who have rallied behind the call to help refugees in recent days. Here are a few individuals and organisations who are supporting our emergency appeal…

Comic John Bishop is hosting a fundraising concert in Liverpool, with proceeds going towards our emergency appeal. Tickets are available now and have been selling fast.