The third Sophie’s Secret Postcard Auction call for artwork launched at the beginning of March and the response has been phenomenal with many famous artists committed to donating artwork.

Almost 400 postcards have already been donated by artists and created by fantastic pupils from St Richard’s for the summer auction with six weeks until the deadline.

#sophiespostcard is organised by art teacher, Miranda Pennington and since 2018, St Richard’s Catholic College has raised over £46,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

#sophiespostcard is in memory of former pupil, Sophie Maria Taylor, who was cared for by The Royal Marsden but lost her life to cancer on 5th April 2017.

#sophiespostcard is a secret auction consisting of original postcard-sized artworks, donated by professional artists, up-and-coming artists, children and the general public.

As the auction is secret and bidders don’t know which artist’s work they’re bidding on, part of the fun is trying to recognise the signature style of the hand that drew the artwork.

Antonia Dalmahoy, Managing Director, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity said “We are immensely grateful to St Richard’s Catholic College for their continued support of The Royal Marsden’s Oak Centre for Children and Young People, in memory of Sophie. The money raised for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through Sophie’s Postcards will make a massive difference, helping to fund world-leading research into developing life-saving treatments for young cancer patients at The Royal Marsden.

Thank you also to all the incredibly talented artists and kind bidders for their generosity. I can’t wait to see all the fantastic artwork this year.”

#sophiespostcard offers collectors and first-time buyers the chance to purchase unique

works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world or perhaps by a Year 7 pupil.

All postcards have a starting bid of just £1 and are auctioned on eBay, making it accessible to buyers around the globe.

Deadline for artwork to arrive: Friday, 10th June 2022

Auction is live on eBay for ten days starting Thursday, 30th June 2022 with the

final day on Saturday, 9th July 2022

Supporters of #sophiespostcard include; Sir Quentin Blake, Axel Scheffler, Gilbert & George, Susanne du Toit, Laura Quinn Harris, Sarah Graham, Ian Murphy, Jennifer Anderson, Loui Jover, Carne Griffiths, Kate Brinkworth, Matthew Burrows, Luke Martineau, Bob and Roberta Smith, Pure Evil, Alex Callaway, Korky Paul, Mark Curryer, Richard Spare,

John Dilnot, Rebecca Denton, Thomas Taylor, Liz Pichon, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Jamie Smart, Rosalind Monks,

Jane Porter, Riken Parekh, Tracey English, Harry Hill, Fearne Cotton and many, many more.

Colle www.sophiespostcard.com for full details and new postcard entries

Contact: Miranda Pennington at sophiespostcard@strichardscc.com