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Celebrity Doodles Help Weymouth Club For Kids


12:03am 21st October 2012

An online auction of doodles and drawings by celebrities is going live today to raise money for local charity Steps Club for Young People.

Items will be auctioned over the next two months on internet site eBay and organisers hope that local people will support the auction by bidding.

A brand new STEPS is currently being built on Chickerell Road in Weymouth thanks to a grant from the government's 'myplace' programme.  However, fundraising efforts have increased as Area Youth Worker Tom Lane explained:  "The myplace funding is creating an outstanding new youth facility at STEPS and the improvements which have taken place at Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre.  However, the funding is for capital costs and we're now looking to raise money to provide an outstanding range of activities, opportunities and support for young people "11/7" (eleven hours a day, seven days a week)."

STEPS member Stacey Follan, 18, said, "The Celebrity Doodle Auction project has been organised by our STEPS Youth Achievement Award group.  We did a load of research and then wrote to 1,000 celebrities asking for a signed doodle or drawing.  We've had about 170 back so far and it's been really exciting opening all the envelopes!"

Fellow organiser Steph Chung, 17, added: "We asked for self-portraits or for the celebrities to 'doodle-a-poodle' so we've had lots of each as well as some random drawings and some signed photos, cards and books."

The group have had responses from some high profile figures as Ellen Blackwood, 17, explained: "We've had drawings back from Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie, Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cliff Richard, Gordon Banks, Lester Piggott, Ben Ainslie, Bill Wyman and a host of other stars from TV, film, music and sport.  Some of the most lovely drawings were done by famous children's book illustrators such as Axel Scheffler (the Gruffalo), Shirley Hughes (Alfie books), Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came To Tea) and a Paddington Bear drawing sent by Michael Bond.  We even had a signed photo and poster from Jackie Chan all the way from Hong Kong!"

Tom Lane added: "The Celebrity Doodle Auction has been supported by four local businesses who covered the costs involved.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Windowman, Daniels Fish & Chips, Abbotsbury Road Londis and Sherrens Printers, all the proceeds from the auction will go towards activities for local youngsters."

Windowman owner Joe Djebet said: "I'm an ex-STEPS member myself, so I know the great work the Club does to support and provide opportunities for local youngsters.  I know I speak for all of the sponsors when I say that we're delighted to support such a great local Charity with such an innovative fundraising appeal."

Items for STEPS will be auctioned on eBay from Sunday 21st October.  To find them, search for stepsclubforyoungpeople as an eBay seller.

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