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FAMOUS faces from South Yorkshire have put pen to paper to show their backing for a national charity campaign.

Celebrities such as former Sheffield United player Brian Deane and former Sheffield Wednesday manager Ron Atkinson have drawn pictures to mark National Doodle Day today.

And their doodles are being now sold on internet auction site Ebay to raise money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

Philippa Cartwright, Epilepsy Action fundraising events manager, said: “National Doodle Day is a great way for celebrities and members of the public alike to get creative for a good cause.”

Ron, aged 73, who managed the Owls to victory in the League Cup in 1991, has sketched a fruit bowl, while 44-year-old Brian, who scored 94 goals over three spells with the Blades between 1988 and 2006 after starting his career with Doncaster Rovers, has drawn a deserted island scene.

Brian said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a relaxed state of mind. Please be generous.”

Expert graphologist Peter West said Ron’s picture showed someone who enjoyed life’s comforts, while Brian’s demonstrated a desire for ‘a much-needed rest’.

Other South Yorkshire celebrities who have contributed doodles include 76-year-old Mexborough-born actor Brian Blessed, Sheffield-born former children’s laureate Anthony Browne, aged 66, and 41-year-old Sheffield-born TV presenter and actress Charlotte Hudson.

This year, Epilepsy Action is inviting budding artists to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ and they will be in with the chance of a prize.

Prizes for the best doodles will be awarded in three categories – seven years and under, aged eight to 16 and 17 years and over.

The winning doodlers will receive up to £150 worth of arts and crafts vouchers and a 3D stuffed figure, custom-made to look like their doodle.

* To enter the competition or for more details, National Doodle Day What your doodles say about you, by professional handwriting analyst Ruth Rostron

* Straight or curved lines represent masculine or feminine characteristics;

* Circles, squares and triangles show needs and motivation;

* Size and spacing reflect lifestyle and balance in relationships;

* Directional trends indicate attitudes and priorities;

* Style and strokes show temperament, energy, drive and strength of feeling;

* For more, visit National Doodle Day

Send in your doodle and we’ll publish a selection of them in The Star or online at

First take a photo of your work, either on your phone, web cam or other digital camera, then send it to us as a jpeg picture file by email, Twitter, or Facebook. By email, with Star Doodle in the subject box, attached your image and include your full name, age, address and telephone numbers, then send to

Tweet us your picture, with your full name and area address only, to @SheffieldStar using hashtag #StarDoodle Or on Facebook, like us and upload your photo with your name and area address, at You can send us a printed photo by post, but don’t send original work, unless you don’t want it returned. Post to Star Doodle, The Star, York Street, Sheffield S11PU

* Usual SNL terms, conditions and data protection rules apply. See The Star