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Axel Scheffler was born in Hamburg Germany in 1957. He moved to the UK in 1982 to study visual communications at Bath Academy of Art and has worked as a freelance illustrator in London since 1987. He is an award winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well loved children’s books. He is best known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson, such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Pip and Posy’ series. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

Axel has been a supporter since our first hour, and it was only natural to ask him to become our patron, which he accepted without hesitation.

We are very honoured to have Three Peas’ work and cause embraced by such an artist, and are very grateful.

In Axel’s words:

The world is facing many unprecedented challenges and one of them is the refugee crisis, which is a problem that is not going to disappear; on the contrary, it’s a problem that is most likely to stay with us and grow. The situation of the refugees fleeing civil war in Syria has been, and still is, especially depressing. The response of western governments to this crisis is, on the whole, a great failure, in spite of the historical responsibility of our countries for the current situation.

I have, through personal connections, been following the work of Three Peas right from the beginning. I was deeply impressed by their personal engagement as citizens who wanted ‘to do something’, to help, to get involved, to ease the suffering of people who have fled conflict in the Middle East. I’m happy to support a group of (mainly) women from various European countries getting together to build up this charity. I have in past years supported them in their fundraising efforts and I shall continue to do so, now as a patron of The Three Peas.

Axel Scheffler

You can find out more about Axel at www.axelscheffler.com