Hundreds support online auction fundraiser in memory of Bexhill girl

Hundreds of people have backed their support for an online postcard auction in memory of a pupil from St Richard’s Catholic College.

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 12:03 pm
Sophie Maria Taylor. SUS-180606-172102001

More than 350 entries have so far been submitted for #sophiespostcard2020.

The event is in memory of Sophie Maria Taylor, who passed away in 2017.

Sophie’s Postcard auction was first set up in 2018 in her honour and this year would have been Sophie’s final year at St Richard’s so to commemorate, organisers launched another postcard auction.

Following the success of the auction in 2018, which raised £15,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, #SophiesPostcards2020 is calling for even more people to get involved and hopes to receive 1,000 original works of postcard art.

The auction will run for 10 days on eBay and end on Saturday, June 27.

Miranda Pennington, art teacher at St Richard’s, said: “#sophiespostcard2020 has got off to an incredible start with more than 350 wonderful postcards already received from artists from all over the world, including some very famous children’s illustrators.

“Sir Quentin Blake, Axel Scheffler, Jacqueline Wilson and Thomas Taylor have all already sent artwork.

“But you don’t need to be famous to take part: pupils, parents, staff and accomplished local artists have all sent us entries.

“Postcards are uploaded as we receive them and you can see what has been submitted on our website

“Please follow @strichardsart on Twitter and sophiessecretpostcard on Instagram for regular news updates and use the hashtag #sophiespostcard2020 to help promote the event on social media.”

Lilly Pye, community fundraising manager for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “We are so grateful to St Richard’s Catholic College for supporting us again through Sophie’s postcards. Their fundraising makes such a huge difference to our patients and their families and we cannot thank them enough for their support.”

The deadline for the call for artwork is June 1.

Artwork to be completed postcard sized paper and signed on the back.

See full details on the website. All artwork to be sent by June 1 to: #sophiespostcard2020, St Richards Catholic College, Ashford Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN40 1SE.

Contact Miranda Pennington at St Richard’s by emailing her at [email protected] if anyone has any ideas for sponsorship or would like a pack to send to a famous friend.

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