An illustrated letter, signed by Norfolk naturalist Arthur H. Patterson, is to go on sale via eBay to raise money for the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

The hospice’s eBay store is based in North Lynn and the letter was donated to the hospice’s Downham Market fundraising shop.

A.H. Patterson, born in Great Yarmouth in 1857, had a variety of jobs including zoo keeper and was interested in the wildlife around Norfolk beaches.

He became well known for his nature notes and vivid sketches. Hospice eBay manager Kate Bambridge said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this very generous donation.” 

Patterson’s letter (pictured) was addressed to Norwich schoolgirl Nora Pymer. The envelope is illustrated with pen and ink drawings.