PNE boss puts pen to paper for charity cash

Simon Grayson's doodle for Epilepsy Action
Simon Grayson's doodle for Epilepsy Action
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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson has joined a host of other famous names to take part in National Doodle Day.

Scribbles by the likes of Grayson, Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, actor Christopher Biggins, author Josephine Cox and presenter Keith Chegwin will be auctioned on eBay from Friday, March 7 to raise money fro national charity Epilepsy Action.

Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson

Preston North End Manager Simon Grayson

Grayson’s doodle shows a smiley face with big teeth on a stick body.

Graphologist Peter West said: “This artist almost never takes things for granted for he likes to see things actually done for himself.

“This way he can assess such things for himself rather than take an explanation from another source. There may be an activity in which he shines. From the size of the eyes he may not say a lot, although when he does he can be quite a critic.”

Over 1,200 celebrities, including Mary Berry, Joanna Lumley, Rita Ora and Sophie Dahl have taken part in National Doodle Day since it began 11 years ago.

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.

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.

“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.”

Information on the National Doodle Day celebrity auction and competition can be found at

The auction will run from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 16. The closing date for entries into the National Doodle Day competition is Friday, April 4.

Epilepsy affects around one in every 100 people in the UK and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day.

There are 11.500 sufferers in the Lancashire area.