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Thursday, December 5, 2013
A clutch of celebrities are socking it to ‘em in a bid to help needy north Norfolk youngsters raise cash for a complex-needs school.
■ The website www.sellebrity.org.uk was founded by former Norwich City player Darren Eadie in 2011.
■ Originally an online auction website, celebrities gave their belongings to the site which then sold them for their charity.
■ Sellebrity Auction is now a not-for-profit organisation and raises money for charities big and small across Britain.
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Seven creative youngsters from the Turtle class at Sheringham Woodfields School, on Holt Road, contacted 15 stars via Twitter asking for a donation of socks which will be turned into unique hand puppets and auctioned off.
A pair of socks was donated by Hannah Spearritt, formerly of pop band S Club 7 who comes from Gorleston, comedian Paul Whitehouse, magician Paul Daniels and Norfolk actor Terry Molloy who played Davros, creator of the Daleks in Doctor Who.
The fund-raiser with a difference for Woodfields School will be taking place between this Saturday and Tuesday, December 17.
Turtles class teacher Lucinda Abel said: “The children were doing a project on puppets and we thought why not make sock puppets and auction them off. I didn’t think we would get a response from the celebrities. I’m surprised. It was really nice to hear from them.
“We have had autographs and letters and the children are excited.”
Hannah Spearritt sent in an autograph with her pair of socks, which will also be auctioned off.
As well as the celebrity offerings, the children, aged between seven and 11, have customised their own socks and five of their pairs will be sold in the same auction.
“I’m really pleased how well it has gone. Everyone is quite excited when we see a new pair of socks in the pigeon hole. Some of the results are quite great and they are very quirky,” Miss Abel added.
She started at the school, which shares a campus with Sheringham Academy and Sheringham Primary School, in September and thought of the puppet auction idea with retired Woodfields school teacher Sandy Roper.
Miss Abel said the activity had taught the pupils creative and communication skills.
“Funds are really important for equipment at the school. It is about making people aware of the school. It is only 10 years old but is a growing school.”
Pupils at Woodfields school come from across Norfolk and fund-raising is vital for the centre.
Silent bids can be made for the socks at school charity shop Woodfields Den, next to Tesco on Cromer Road, or via the charity auction website www.sellebrity.org.uk, set up by former Norwich City player Darren Eadie.
Mr Eadie said: “I think the idea is brilliant. It is difficult to find a way to raise awareness and funds for good causes and sometimes quirky ideas are the best ones.”