Downton Abbey script given to Norfolk woman raises cash for charity

Dersingham fundraiser for ME auctions script on ebay

Fans of TV show Downton Abbey have raised �261 for charity by bidding for an original script.

Author Lord Julian Fellowes donated the script to Helen Buckenham who, along with her family, has raised �24,000 for Action for ME – a condition she has suffered from for 20 years.

The script is from the first episode of the second series of the popular drama and went up for auction on December 22 via the Ebay website.

Bids came in thick and fast, and in the end the script was bought by a fan in America.

Mrs Buckenham, of Dersingham, along with her sister, Liz Smith, of Mundesley, and her mother, Anne Reynolds, also of Dersingham, has been holding charity auctions and sales for around 17 years and the trio contact celebrities and popular shows to ask for donations.

Over the years the responses have included a large signed photograph from Nelson Mandela; a T-shirt worn by Michael Crawford during rehearsals for Phantom of the Opera and various scripts, mementos and photos from a range of stars.

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A pantomime script starring Paul Michael Glaser, of Starsky and Hutch fame, has so far made the most with �1,500 raised from one auction.

To bid in a charity auction, go to Ebay, click 'community' and search for the seller identification 263liz.

ME, or myalgic encephalomyelitis/encephalopathy is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

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