Boy who can’t see grandad sends him life sized picture instead

A five-year-old boy has come up with a heartwarming gesture to help cheer up his grandad while the pair are separated by the coronavirus lockdown.

Jacob McLaughlin, from Prescot, decided to send his grandad, James Bowers, 58, from Huyton, a life-sized picture of himself while they are unable to see each other during the lockdown period.

Since then, Jacob's painting has been pictured carrying out various tasks around his grandad's house in regular daily updates sent back to Jacob.

Jacob McLaughlin, age five, made a life size picture of himself which he sent to his grandad while he is unable to see him during the lockdown

Jacob's mum Natalie said the pair were extremely close and that the lockdown had come at a particularly difficult time for the family.

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She told the ECHO: "Jacob's a very private little boy but he is very close to my dad. They have an amazing bond.

"My dad recently lost his dad last week. Because of the lockdown, we've been unable to go round to see him so we tried to think of a way to help cheer him up.

"Usually Jacob would see my dad everyday and he's found it hard to only be able to speak to him on video.

Jacob McLaughlin, age five, made a life size picture of himself which he sent to his grandad while he is unable to see him during the lockdown

"Jacob said that he wanted to draw a big picture of himself to his gaga to make him smile.

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"It was all Jacob's idea. He didn't just want to just draw a picture for him. He said he wanted to send him 'another me'.

"My husband dropped it off at the front gate of my dad's house."

Jacob McLaughlin, age five, made a life size picture of himself which he sent to his grandad while he is unable to see him during the lockdown

The life size painting has since been pictured in all kinds of places around the house including sunbathing in the garden, playing the Xbox, and in the shower.

Natalie said Jacob's painting had put a smile on her dad's face at this difficult time and that she received daily updates on what the painting is up to.

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Natalie added: "My dad sends us photos everyday of painting doing various different things in his house.

"The painting has been playing the Xbox, helping out in the garden, and has even been in the shower.

"We wanted to share this story because it's one that will really make people smile while we're in these rubbish times."

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