Famous names donate hand drawn artworks to secret auction for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The postcard art auction was first run in 2018, in memory of budding artist and pupil, Sophie Maria Taylor and has since raised an incredible £82,000.

This summer, Sophie's Postcard – an online art auction run by St Richards Catholic College in Bexhill-on-Sea – returns for the fourth time, having previously run in 2018, 2020 and 2022. More than 3,000 original postcard sized artworks have been created and auctioned on eBay for the event so far. 

#sophiespostcard is organised by devoted art teacher Miranda Pennington in memory of her former student, Sophie Maria Taylor, who was treated at The Royal Marsden. Sophie sadly passed away from cancer in 2017 at age 12.  

Sophie Taylor smiling for the camera.
Sophie's postcard was set up in memory of Sophie Maria Taylor

Teacher Miranda Pennington said: “We are so thankful to all the artists and supporters of Sophie’s Secret Postcard Auction. The first Sophie’s Postcard was intended to be a one off secret postcard auction, but it was so successful that it will run for the fourth time this summer."

"It is inspirational to see Sophie remembered in this way, as she loved art. I am so proud to be part of this event which has helped make a difference to children like Sophie being treated for cancer at The Royal Marsden.”

Hand-drawn artwork donated by a host of famous names  

Artwork for the auction is donated each year by professional artists, designers and illustrators, as well as children from St Richard’s Catholic College and the general public. Sir Quentin Blake, illustrator Axel Scheffler, TV presenters Lorraine Kelly and Victoria Coren Mitchell and Dame Jacqueline Wilson are just some of the famous names who have donated their hand-drawn artwork in the past. 

Bidders do not know whose work they are bidding on, so part of the fun is trying to recognise the signature style of the hand who drew the artwork. All the postcards have a starting bid of £1 and are auctioned on eBay, and only when the auction closes will the winning bidders find out who the postcards have been created by.

Raising funds for world-leading cancer research at The Royal Marsden 

Since 2018, the school in Bexhill-on-Sea has raised over £82,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through the creative charity auction.  

Vicky Johnson, Associate Director of Public Fundraising and Engagement at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to St Richard’s Catholic College for their continued support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, in memory of Sophie. The money raised through Sophie’s Postcard funds groundbreaking research at The Royal Marsden, helping to develop life-saving treatments for young cancer patients across the UK and around the world. Thank you to all those who have supported this project and helped make it such a success.”

Still life titled 'Easy Peeler' post card of an orange with leaves
A still life painting titled 'Easy Peeler' from 2022's auction.

This year's auction

The fourth Sophie's Postcard will run during the summer of 2024, with the final days of the auction to be held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2024. All postcards have a starting bid of just £1 and are auctioned on eBay, making it accessible to buyers around the globe. 

To keep up-to-date, visit the Sophie's Postcard website.

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