When Matthew Hughes learned that one of Britain's finest works of art was in danger of being shipped abroad, he decided to do his patriotic duty.
I came across this little eight year old's story and just had to share it with all of you. Most of us at that age were thinking about playing in the snow or which toys to ask Santa for. This little guy put his contribution towards something he believed in and surprisingly, understood the cause very well.
Matthew, from Coddington, Nottinghamshire, said: "Turner was a famous British painter and he must have put a lot of effort into it. Other people wouldn't have been able to see if it went to a private collector."
He heard the news from his teacher that Turner's The Blue Rigi was being sold and the government had put a temporary export bar on this prized possession giving The Art Fund a chance to raise their own bid to keep this painting in Britain. Hearing this, Matthew went home and looked up the painting on the internet and was very impressed by it. He popped open his piggy bank where he collect the £3.00 his parents gave him every week as pocket money and in total £9.20 that he gave away to help the cause. What a great little kid !!
Inspecting the painting, Matthew, who has been made a life member of The Art Fund, added: "I like the way the clouds are coming across it like they would in Switzerland because it's very cold."