Celebrity Launch for ‘Beyond the Great Wall’ Prize Draw

Famous faces from stage and screen visited Pollyanna to lend their support to the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s first fundraising campaign of 2010.

Popular actress Liza Goddard (right) joined Dynasty and the Duchess of Duke Street actor Christopher Cazenove (left), and Jack Ellis (behind) - best known for his portrayal of villainous prison warder Jim Fenner in the television series Bad Girls and as Coronation Street’s Harry Mason - to officially launch the annual prize draw.

They are pictured above with Pollyanna, and her original painting of a tiger cub ‘A Very Safe Place’ which will be the first prize. There will also be a further 12 runner’s up prizes including limited edition prints. The money raised from the prize draw, along with 10% of sales made during Pollyanna’s Summer Exhibition, will finance the rescue of an Asiatic Moon Bear from the cruel ‘Bile Bear’ trade to the Animals Asia sanctuary, and also to help fund Naturewatch’s ambitious project to introduce animal welfare laws into China.

The winning ticket was drawn by Graham Norton

Above : The cast of the play 'The Grass is Greener' lend theor support to the launch - back row l-r Jack Ellis (Bad Girls and Coronation Street), Christopher Cazenove (The Regiment, The Duchess of Duke Street, Dynasty, Judge John Deed) Front Row,Sophie Ward (Holby City and Heartbeat), Pollyanna and Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Dr Who, Midsomer Murders).

As part of the campaign, the Foundation will be joining with Naturewatch to urge people to write to the Chinese Embassy to ask the government to introduce animal protection laws to stop the barbaric completely unacceptable cruelty which is unfortunately widespread in much of the country. Click here for more information and a template letter. Alternatively you can compose your own letter and send it to :

Her Excellency Madame Fu Ying
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China
to the United Kingdom
49-51 Portland Place London W1B 1JL

The aim is for the Chinese Embassy to be inundated with thousands of letters to illustrate the huge global concern for the welfare of China’s animals
Click here to make a secure online donation of £10.00 towards this Pollyanna Pickering Foundation appeal