Doodlers urged to put pen to paper for epilepsy charity

IT’S time to put pen to paper and make your mark for National Doodle Day.

Schools, community groups and residents in Scotland are being encouraged to get involved in the event, which takes place on Friday, February 8th, and raises money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

By getting involved, Doodlers will join a number of famous faces also lending support, including Sir Ian McKellan, Tess Daly, Sir Terry Wogan, Matt Lucas, Lorraine Kelly, Joanna Lumley, Gok Wan and Chris Tarrant amongst others.

National Doodle day is now in its tenth year and aims to get as many people doodling as possible to help support the 54,000 people with epilepsy across Scotland.

This year, Epilepsy Action is inviting schools, workplaces and groups to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ with the chance of a prize for anyone taking part.

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.

“Over £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.”

She added: “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.”

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 schools entering the competition will have the chance to win £250 of equipment and resource vouchers – and their nominate doodler will also receive a 3d stuffed figure, custom made to look exactly like their doodle, courtesy of Lucy Moose.

And groups and individuals can enter doodles into one of three categories – seven years and under, 8-16 years and 17 years and over, with the winning doodlers also receiving £150 worth of arts and crafts vouchers and a 3D custom-made figure of their doodle, again by Lucy Moose.

Supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary, National Doodle Day helps raise funds for those affected by Epilepsy in the UK – around one in every 100 people.

Eight-seven people within the UK are diagnosed with the condition every day, and each year Epilepsy Action directly helps over 11 million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpine freephone 0808 800 5050 and award-winning website www.epilepsy.org.uk

Individual entries to the National Doodle Day competition 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, March 8th, and 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 .

And to find out more about National Doodle Day, visit the website or call 0113 210 8800.