Sheffield writer doodles for charity

Anthony Browne's doodle for National Doodle Day 2015.
Anthony Browne's doodle for National Doodle Day 2015.
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Sheffield-born former children’s laureate Anthony Browne has put pen to paper for charity.

The 68-year-old writer and illustrator has submitted a doodle to raise cash for Epilepsy Action.

His drawing was up for auction on the internet, along with doodles by other celebrities, including Barnsley’s former Test cricket umpire Dickie Bird, former England cricketer Darren Gough, from Monk Bretton, and Barnsley-born broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.

Anthony, children’s laureate from 2009 to 2011, said: “Why not doodle everyday? I do.”

The auction began on Friday, February 6 – National Doodle Day.

Philippa Cartwright, head of fundraising at Epilepsy Action, said: “We have been thrilled with the support National Doodle Day has had this year.

“More than 160 celebrities have put pen to paper and captured their doodles, including a host of famous faces from South Yorkshire.

“Their support has meant that this National Doodle Day has been the most exciting yet.

“The number of artists and illustrators that have doodled this year means that people have the chance to get their hands on their own little masterpiece.”

Dickie, 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. It’s marvellous the money raised.”