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Liverpool celebrities doodle their bit for charity


A host of famous faces from Liverpool have been showing their artistic side for charity by taking part in this year’s National Doodle Day. Doodles by celebrities including comedian Ken Dodd, footballer John Aldridge, TV DIY expert and former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips, comedian Alexei Sayle, former boxer John Conteh, Holby City actor Mark Moraghan and performance poet Roger McGough will be auctioned on eBay from Friday 8 February, National Doodle Day. Other star scribblers include Sir Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Rita Ora, Tess Daly, Sir Terry Wogan, Mary Berry, Gok Wan and Michael Sheen. The auction will raise money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

National Doodle Day, which is supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary, is now in its tenth year. It aims to get as many people doodling as possible to help support the 53,000 people with epilepsy across the North West. The celebrity doodle eBay auction will begin on National Doodle Day and will run until Sunday 17 February.

Over 1,000 celebrities have taken part in National Doodle Day since it began and people in Liverpool can join them by doing their own doodle. This year, Epilepsy Action is inviting budding artists to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ with the chance of a prize for anyone taking part. Prizes for the best doodles will be awarded in three categories – seven years and under, 8-16 years 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 exactly like their doodle courtesy of Lucy Moose. There is an additional competition for schools and colleges.

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “National Doodle Day is a great way for celebrities and members of the public alike to get creative for a good cause. It is a fantastic, fun event and absolutely anyone can take part. Taking just five minutes out of your day to doodle can make all the difference to the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK. Just £10 could fund a call to our freephone Epilepsy Helpline, giving one caller the answers and support they need, at a time they need it most. So please get doodling or bid on one of our celebrity doodles and help us draw a line through epilepsy.”

Individual entries should be drawn on an A5 piece of card and include name, age, telephone number and address on the back.  Closing date for entries is Friday 8 March. There is a suggested minimum donation of £1 for each entry.

To order an organiser’s guide or to enter the competition, visit www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk. To find out more about National Doodle Day, visit the website or call 0113 210 8800.

Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Last year Epilepsy Action directly helped over 1.1 million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, www.epilepsy.org.uk

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