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Oxford couple begin 'awful' sticker album for Euro 2016

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Image caption Alex Pratchett described their first Euro 2016 stickers as a "dreadful mess"

A couple who style themselves the 'Panini Cheapskates' have started work on a new football sticker album.

Alex and Sian Pratchett, from Oxford, created a World Cup Panini album in 2014 to avoid spending hundreds of pounds on stickers in shops.

They now hope to draw 800 stickers for Euro 2016 before the final on 10 July.

Mr Pratchett said they were raising money for charities to give them "the motivation to keep churning out our dishevelled little men".

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Image caption Alex Pratchett said the 1994 World Cup album "nearly killed us"

He said he expected the "foolhardy task" to take up to six hours a day, leaving him and his wife "shells".

Their first Euro 2016 efforts were a "dreadful mess", he said, including a portrait of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo with a "bulging neck."

The couple's 2014 World Cup album, involving 640 stickers in 32 days, was featured in news articles around the world, including Iran, Mexico and Japan.

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Image caption Alex Pratchett has described the pair's drawing as "uniformly awful"
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Image caption UKIP leader Nigel Farage was the first political drawing Mr Pratchett attempted

In 2015 they turned their "uniformly awful" drawing skills to politics, sketching party leaders before the General Election.

The couple are using the latest "sticker-drawing odyssey" to raise money for the charities which employ them - Cancer Research UK and Macintyre, which supports people with learning disabilities.

They have pledged to sketch personalised pictures of the top 100 donors.

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