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Cock-a-doodle-doo for charity picture

Actress Jodie Prenger's doodle of her chicken Nancy, done for National Doodle Day

Actress Jodie Prenger's doodle of her chicken Nancy, done for National Doodle Day

They say a picture can paint a thousand words - but can it raise a thousand pounds?

Blackpool star Jodie Prenger has put pen to paper in a bid to raise money for National Doodle Day in aid of Epilepsy Action.

The actress is among a host of stars who have made their own masterpiece to be auctioned online through eBay for the national day on March 7.

She said of the charitable endeavour: “Thank you darlings for supporting such a great cause. This is a drawing of one of my pet chickens called Nancy.”

Ms Prenger made a name for herself after winning television talent search I’d Do Anything, landing the role of Nancy in a West End revival of musical Oliver!

Former Blackpool manager Simon Grayson, 2013 Showzam festival star Christopher Biggins and Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh have also doodled their own images for the charity.

They are among 1,200 stars who have taken part in National Doodle Day since it began 11 years ago.

Philippa Cartwright, fund-raising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “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.”

The doodles will be up for auction for one week, from March 7 to 16.

And Fylde coast residents can create their own doodles, entering them into a competition to win arts and crafts vouchers and custom-made 3D doodles.

Epilepsy Action supports around one million people through a range of services, including its freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website. There are 11.500 sufferers in Lancashire alone.

For more details on how the charity can help visit www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk or www.epilepsy.org.uk

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