Charles Bronson sends Alton Towers crash victim hand drawn 'get well soon' card

'It's a side of Bronson not many people get to see'

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Charles Bronson has reportedly sent the victim of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash a hand-drawn card wishing her a speedy recovery.

Bronson, who now goes by the name Charles Salvador, is widely known for being Britain’s most violent prisoner. He has spent 36 of the last 40 years in prison in solitary confinement and developed a keen interest in art and painting.

The 61-year-old was handed two more years in prison last year for assaulting a prison guard. He also smothered himself in butter and attacked 12 prison officers at HMP Fulham York.

Bronson sold his artwork for over £2,000 in June last year to pay for his mother’s holiday in 2014 after upsetting her over his "rumble" with the prison guards.

The Mirror reports Bronson sent a picture to crash victim Leah Washington, 17, whose leg was amputated after she was trapped on the Smiler Ride at Alton Towers for over four hours.

The card features a drawing of a dragon with the words, “Leah hope you get well soon” written across the top and “it’s nice to be nice” at the side. It is signed “a Salvador special”.

The 61-year-old’s pen pal Darren Holdcroft told the newspaper Bronson had already donated two pieces of art work and a signed book to a young girl with leukaemia.

"Frankie's dad asked me if I could mention it to Charlie to see if he could help Leah and her family with any future fundraising so he spent a day creating this get well soon piece for her,” he said.

"It's a side not many people get to see. The amount of art he produces for sick children is unbelievable and he has helped raise thousands of pounds and hopefully now he can help to raise some funds for Leah and her family's charities to."