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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March, 2004, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Stars' artwork in charity auction
Drawing by Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Sir Paul McCartney has previously exhibited his art in Liverpool
Drawings by celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney and Graham Norton are being sold on the internet to raise money for children in Afghanistan.

Individual drawings by 20 celebrities will appear on the online auction site eBay - six with a reserve price of 100 and the rest at 30.

The money raised will go to Spirit Aid, the charity set up by TV actor David Hayman, star of Trial and Retribution.

Other stars taking part include actor Robbie Coltrane and Terry Wogan.

The Glasgow-based charity invited 200 celebrities to submit drawings after posting crayons and paper to them.

Drawing by Graham Norton
Chat show host Norton drew his TV show stooge Betty
The drawings are currently being displayed in the waiting room of a Glasgow dental surgery.

"Given the names involved, I hope we can substantially beat the 1,000 mark," said dentist Lloyd Jerome, who works with Spirit Aid.

Spirit Aid was set up by Hayman to raise awareness of suffering in Afghanistan "caused by military intervention both before and after September 11".

The actor has taken funds previously raised to Afghanistan "where it goes straight to doctors and nurses working in villages", Mr Jerome added.

Drawing by Robbie Coltrane
Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane also took part
"When he went out there a year and a half ago with 15,000, three children a day were dying.

"When he went out again six months later... that figure was down to zero, which shows the difference that can be made."

Hayman, who plays Chief Superintendent Mike Walker in the Lynda LaPlante drama, said: "More funds are needed as loads more work needs to be done.

"I hope the eBay auction can raise extra money so we can continue to help these children."


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