Join celebrity doodlers to raise cash for epilepsy charity

SCHOOLS, community groups and residents are being asked to sharpen their pencils and get involved in National Doodle Day to help support 54,000 people with epilepsy across the country.

The event will take place on Friday, February 8 to raise money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

Doodlers will join a host of famous faces including Sir Ian McKellan, Tess Daly, Lorraine Kelly, Sir Terry Wogan, Matt Lucas, Joanna Lumley, Gok Wan and Chris Tarrant, who have all taken part in the past.

The project is now in its tenth year and is supported by Dodo Pad. This year, Epilepsy Action is inviting schools, workplaces and groups to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound.’

Any school or group can register for an organiser’s guide containing template doodle cards, posters, a doodle donation box and decorations for the event venue.

All school entering the competition will have the chance to win £250 worth of equipment and resource vouchers. Their nominated doodler will also receive a 3D stuffed figure, custom made to look exactly like their doodle.

Groups and individuals can enter their drawings into one of three categories - seven years and under, eight to 16 and 17 years and over.

The winning doodlers, not attached to a given school, will also receive a 3D custom-made figure of their doodle and up to £150 worth of arts and crafts vouchers.

More than 1000 celebrities have taken part in National Doodle Day since it began. As well as the competition, a celebrity doodle eBay auction will begin on the day and will run until Sunday, February 17.

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “National Doodle Day is always fantastic fun and every year we receive lots of wacky and wonderful doodles from celebrities and members of the public alike.

“More than £250,000 has been raised since the very first event in 2004, and taking just a few minutes of your day to get creative will help people who are affected by epilepsy and their families.

“Just £6 could support someone newly diagnosed with epilepsy, providing advice and information from our experts when they need it most.

“Absolutely anyone can take part so please get doodling with your schoolmates, friends, family or colleagues, or bid on your favourite celebrity doodle. It really will make all the difference in helping us to create a brighter future for people affected by epilepsy.”

Individual entries should be drawn on an A5 piece of card and include the entrant’s name, age, telephone number and address on the back.

The closing date for entries is Friday, March 8. There is a suggested minimum donation of £1 for each entry.

To enter the competition or find out more about the event, visit www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk