Celeb gardener puts pen to paper for Leeds charity

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Television gardener Alan Titchmarsh has put pen to paper for a picture perfect cause.

The Ilkley-born presenter is among a host of famous faces to show off their doodles to support a Leeds based charity.

The broadcaster’s gardening sketches will be auctioned on eBay along with celebrity scribbles by Sir Michael Parkinson, Bill Nighy, Jackie Collins and John Bishop as part of this year’s National Doodle Day.

Cash raised from the auction will help to support Yeadon-based Epilepsy Action to support the 50,000 people across Yorkshire who have the condition.

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action said: “Every year we are overwhelmed with the positive support that we receive from celebrities and members of the public alike.”

Over 1,200 celebrities including Mary Berry, Joanna Lumley, Rita Ora and Sophie Dahl have taken part in National Doodle Day since it was launched eleven years ago.

Philippa added: “The celebrity doodle auction is always a terrific success, raising thousands of pounds in much-needed funds for Epilepsy Action.

“The highest-grossing doodle ever raised £1,600 alone, so this event really does make a huge difference to people with epilepsy and their families.”

Members of the public can also get in on the act by creating their own masterpiece and donating a pound to Epilepsy Action.

There will be prizes for the best doodlers including arts and crafts vouchers and custom-made 3D doodles.

The auction will run from Friday, March 7, until Sunday, March 16 and the closing date for entries into the competition is Friday, April 4.

For more information about the doodle auction and the competition visit nationaldoodleday.org.uk.

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