Saving the Red Squirrel
|Last Update: 29 September 2000|
Stars draw on store of talent to save red squirrel
Celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, the Duchess of York, Sir Michael Caine and Sean Bean recently showed off their artistic flair in aid of the endangered red squirrel.
More than 200 stars agreed to take part
in a "scribble a squirrel" competition to raise awareness
The pictures ranged in quality, with some stars clearly more artistic than others.
Sir Paul's effort was in proportion and gently shaded. But Sir Michael Caine's line drawing was less accomplished, a fact he readily acknowledged, saying: "Good job I'm an actor."
The pictures were auctioned on the Internet during Red Squirrel Week.
The auction ran for two weeks and raised
money for the North East Wildlife Trust and The
Others whose pictures were auctioned included Phil Collins, Sir Elton John, Barry Manilow, Sir Norman Wisdom, Richard E Grant, Rolf Harris, Sir Richard Branson and the Duchess of York.
The auction ended 29/09/2000 11:00 PM.
Sean's sketch of a red squirrel was sold for a high bid of £365.
||Click on the picture to see a larger version of Sean's signed contribution to the Scribble-a-Squirrel auction.|
Celebrity 'Scribble-a-Squirrel' Auction
People celebrated National Red Squirrel Week by bidding for a red squirrel drawing created and signed by their favourite celebrity. With over 100 unique drawings in all, many included signed photos and personal messages from the celebrities themselves.
Profits for the framed drawings will go towards the work of the North East Wildlife Trusts, and The Calvert Trust, Kielder in the North East of England.
The Wildlife Trusts are comprised of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Durham Wildlife Trust and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. Together they represent a major force for wildlife in North East England, and form part of the Red Alert campaign to save the endangered red squirrel.
The Calvert Trust provides activity holidays for people with disabilities of all kinds, at a residential centre in Kielder Forest. The charity's mascot is Calvert Squirrel.