Nona from the Compleat Sean Bean has sent us this interesting tidbit:

Hi guys,

Celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, the Duchess of York, Sir Michael Caine and Sean Bean have been showing off their artistic flair in aid of the endangered red squirrel in the UK.

More than 200 stars agreed to take part in a “scribble a squirrel” competition to raise awareness of the plight of the mammal, which could become extinct in England in the next decade.

The pictures are being auctioned on the Internet during Red Squirrel Week.

The auction will run for two weeks and will raise money for the North East Wildlife Trust and The Calvert Trust, charities which both work to raise awareness of the dangers facing the red squirrel in England.

The auction ends 29/09/2000 11:00 PM.

The QXL auction website is here, along with a list of all the celebrity contributors:

To place a bid on Sean Bean’s sketch of a red squirrel, click here:

A copy of Sean’s sketch is attached.