Residents, community groups, workplaces and schools from across Nottinghamshire are being invited to join celebrities including Sir Michael Parkinson, Alan Titchmarsh, Bill Nighy and Karl Pilkington, and put pen to paper for National Doodle Day.
Taking place on Friday 7th March, the event raises much-needed funds for Epilepsy Action. The charity supports people with epilepsy all over the UK. Around 7,500 people are living with the condition in Nottinghamshire.
National Doodle Day, which is supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary, aims to get as many people doodling as possible to help Epilepsy Action continue its vital work. The charity is urging people to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ with the chance of a prize for anyone taking part.
All schools entering the competition will have the opportunity to win £250 of equipment and resource vouchers. Groups and individuals are in with a chance of winning up to £250 in cash. The winner of each category will also receive a custom-made 3D stuffed figure of their doodle design, courtesy of Lucy Moose. All winners will get a certificate and will have their work displayed in the doodle Hall of Fame on the National Doodle Day website.
Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “Doodlers across the UK have helped us to raise over £275,000 since the very first National Doodle Day over ten years ago.
“Each day, 17 children and young people are told that they have epilepsy, changing their lives forever. By taking part in National Doodle Day, members of the public can ensure that the next child to be diagnosed doesn’t have to face living with epilepsy alone.
“Spending just a few minutes of your day to get creative really will make all the difference to people affected by epilepsy and their families. Absolutely anyone can take part so please round up your classmates, teachers, family and friends and get doodling!”
All groups can register for an organiser’s guide containing doodle cards, stickers, posters and money boxes. Teachers can access lesson plans and ideas through the National Doodle Day website.
To order an organiser’s guide, enter the competition or to find out more visit nationaldoodleday.org.uk or call 0113 210 8800. Closing date for entries is Friday, 4th April.
Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK alone and 63,400 children and young people under 18 are living with the condition. Last year Epilepsy Action directly helped around one million people through a range of services, including its Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk