Barnsley celebrities put pen to paper for charity

Sir Michael Parkinson's doodle.

Sir Michael Parkinson's doodle.

Famous faces from South Yorkshire have turned their hands to art in a bid to help raise funds for charity.

Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, from Cudworth, and 80-year-old retired cricket umpire Dickie Bird, from Barnsley, are among the celebrities who have created a doodle in aid of national charity Epilepsy Action.

Residents, community groups, workplaces and schools across South Yorkshire are now being ruged to join them and ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ for National Doodle Day on Friday, March 7.

Philippa Cartwright, Epilepsy Action fundraising events manager at, said: “Doodlers across the UK have helped us to raise more than £275,000 since the first National Doodle Day more than 10 years ago.

“Each day, 17 children and young people are told they have epilepsy, changing their lives forever.

“Spending just a few minutes of your day to get creative really will make all the difference to people affected by epilepsy and their families.

“Absolutely anyone can take part, so please round up your classmates, teachers, family and friends and get doodling.”

The doodles by Dickie and 78-year-old Sir Michael, as well as other celebrities including Prime Minister David Cameron and comedian David Baddiel, will be auctioned in aid of the charity, starting on National Doodle Day.

n For details about the event and auction, visit doodle-day.epilepsy.org.uk




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