Doodles of cash for a good cause

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‘Doodle’ is one of those great little words that’s as much fun to say as it is to do.

The word, over the years, has had a few different meanings: in some American films it could mean something a child has left in its nappy.

Doodle is also now used to describe the colourful changes to the Google logo to celebrate a birthday, anniversary and special events.

But for most of us, a doodle will forever be a mindless scribble on a blank page when boredom has set in.

It’s a chance for us to get creative with our pen just before our minds go into shut down.

But tomorrow, Friday, February 8, there will be no dullness involved when enthusiastic doodlers across the country put pen to paper for a good cause.

Now in its 10th year, National Doodle Day aims to raise as much money as possible to support people with epilepsy.

Those who create a doodle are invited to donate some money to submit their jottings into a national competition with the chance to win some crafty prizes.

Doodlers will join famous faces including Scottish presenter and Strathcarron Hospice supporter Lorraine Kelly, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Terry Wogan, Gok Wan and Joanna Lumley.

And for the first time, schools and workplaces are being invited to take part, while celebrity creations will be part of a special eBay auction.

All schools entering the competition will have a chance to win £250 of equipment and resource vouchers.

Groups and individuals can enter in one of three age group categories, including one for the under-sevens.

Although fun for grown-ups, doodling has always been a favourite activity for youngsters.

Babies and toddlers can be the most effective doodlers, probably because they will draw exactly what they want when given pens, crayons and paper.

Stacey Docherty, from Little Stars Nursery in Falkirk Stadium explained that giving children the freedom to draw freely can be very beneficial.

The nursery nurse said: “It’s really therapeutic for children.

“They get to know what colours they like and they really enjoy just scribbling and expressing themselves.

“It’s also a really calming thing for them to do, and they feel a real sense of pride after it.

“It’s such a fun thing to do, and they always draw exactly what they want.”

But despite the simplicity and silliness of the doodling activity, National Doodle Day has produced some serious cash. Since the first event in 2004, over a quarter of a million pounds has been raised, going directly to supporting people with epilepsy, improving healthcare and conducting research.

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.

“More than £250,000 has been raised since the 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.

“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.”

So, if you think your doodles are a work of genius, there’s still time to enter with the closing date being Friday, March 8.

For more information, to order an organiser’s guide or to enter the competition, visit