18 March 2012
Last updated at 01:46
Celebrities, politicians and artists are among those who have donated doodles and drawings to a Cambridge charity to help raise money for educational projects in Ethiopia. The Jean Grove Trust Doodle Auction includes this signed hedgehog drawing by author, comedian and Ex-Cambridge University student Stephen Fry.
Organisers believe this doodle by Julian Fellowes would be one of the most popular lots. The actor and screenwriter recreated the proposal scene from his popular television series, Downton Abbey, in doodle-form. He wrote: "Matthew and Mary are finally united in front of Downton Abbey, Christmas 2011, Phew!"
Money raised by the sale of doodles, including this "episcopal seal" by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will help support children at six schools in some of the poorest parts of Ethiopia. Dr Williams has announced that he will step down from his post in December and take up the position of Master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, from January 2013.
The Cambridge charity was founded in 1999 and named after the late Dr Jean Grove, geographer and Fellow of Girton College. Many of the donations were made by university alumni but organisers also relied on "word of mouth and sheer generosity". Broadcaster Jon Snow donated a watercolour of the view from his holiday home.
The many guises of Margaret Thatcher, as doodled by cartoonist Ken Mahood in July 2011. The former Times and Daily Mail cartoonist started his career with Punch in the early 1960s. He was a founder member of the British Cartoonists' Association and retired in 2009 after 27 years at the Daily Mail.
Lech Walesa, a Polish politician, trade-union organiser and co-founder of Solidarity, traced around his left hand and donated the drawing to the auction. Former Belgian prime minister, and president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, also contributed to the auction.
Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, doodled part of the universe in January 2012. He said it was a diagram of logarithm of mass plotted against logarithm of radius of all objects in the universe.
Ruth Brown donated an original watercolour of the image on the cover of her children's book, The Happy Frog. Auction lots will also be on offer from poet Seamus Heaney, authors Sebastian Faulks, PD James, Mairi Hedderwick and Jeffrey Archer, among many others.
Stained glass artist, Patrick Reyntiens, named his doodle "St Paul and St Peter, the Dance of the Domes". Some of the other lots were drawn by well-known guests during dinners at Cambridge University. The organisers said some were doodled on the back of college menus, which were "more sturdy than a paper napkin and would last longer".
Prolific Scottish composer James MacMillan recreated a few bars from his 2010 composition, Tu Es Petrus, as his contribution. The Jean Grove Trust Doodle Auction takes place at the Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge, on 28 March.