South Yorkshire celebrities put pen to paper for charity

Dickie Bird's doodle for National Doodle Day is going up for auction.
Dickie Bird's doodle for National Doodle Day is going up for auction.
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Celebrities from South Yorkshire have put pen to paper to draw and doodle and help raise cash for a national epilepsy charity.

Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, former England cricket star Darren Gough and former Test cricket umpire Dickie Bird are among the famous faces supporting National Doodle Day.

Doodles for National Doodle Day 2015'By Darren Gough

Doodles for National Doodle Day 2015'By Darren Gough

Their doodles – as well as one by Worksop-born former England football manager Graham Taylor – will now feature alongside dozens more in an internet auction starting on Friday, February 6, National Doodle Day, to raise money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

The celebrities have been joined by household names including actors Joanna Lumley and Martin Clunes in doodling for the annual event, which raises money to help support the 13,100 people across South Yorkshire with epilepsy.

Dickie, aged 81, said: “I’m doodling for Epilepsy Action and this year’s National Doodle Day as I think it’s a tremendous cause.

“I hope they keep it up for many years to come.

Doodles for National Doodle Day 2015'By Graham Taylor

Doodles for National Doodle Day 2015'By Graham Taylor

“It’s marvellous the money raised from these doodles can help so many people living with epilepsy.”

More than 1,200 celebrities, including singer Rita Ora and actor Eddie Redmayne, have taken part in National Doodle Day since it began 12 years ago.

The success of last year’s event led to Epilepsy Action being named the world’s second most popular charity to benefit from celebrity engagement, after The ALS Association and its ice bucket challenge.

Philippa Cartwright, Epilepsy Action fundraising manager, said: “Every year, we’re overwhelmed by support from celebrities and always look forward to seeing the variety and creativity of the doodles they send in.

Doodles for National Doodle Day 2015'by Sir Michael Parkinson

Doodles for National Doodle Day 2015'by Sir Michael Parkinson

“National Doodle Day is always a terrific success, raising thousands of pounds for Epilepsy Action.

“The highest-grossing doodle ever sold for more than £1,600, but each one makes a huge difference to people with epilepsy and their families.”

This year, for the first time, members of the public can take part in National Doodle Day online.

People can create, upload and share their scribbles at the National Doodle Day website and every doodle uploaded will be entered into a competition, with winners chosen in an online public vote.

The internet auction runs on eBay from tomorrow until Sunday, February 15 – to see the doodles and make a bid, visit the National Doodle Day website.

The closing date for entries into the National Doodle Day competition is Friday, March 20, and voting closes on Friday, April 3.