Adam Schoon from Tennants auctioneers, and one of the experts from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, agreed to offer his services at an Antiques Discovery event in Hartlepool, as reported by the Hartlepool Mail.
The event was in aid of a local hospice. Local people were asked to look in their homes and bring any items of interest along to be valued by the Roadshow expert. Prospective punters were being charged £2.50 an item for it to be valued by Mr Schoon and entrance to the evening cost £2, all monies collected being directly channelled into the hospice.
The event was in response to a £150,000 shortfall after the local PCT reduced the hospice’s funding, and was organised by a member of the Oddfellows Society to help the hospice with of its financial difficulties. The reasoning behind the funding opportunity was based on the popularity of the BBC TV programme; the general public has a fascination with antiques and collectibles, as well as the possibilities of finding treasures at a car boot sale or charity shop. Adam Schoon has also been involved in similar fundraising events for other local hospices and gives lectures on antiques related subjects.
The Hartlepool and District Hospice is commemorating 30 years of local care to the community this year and puts its longevity down to the support of its many volunteers and supporters. It has promised a succession of events throughout this milestone year, of which the Antiques Discovery event was one.
The growth in popularity of literally finding something valuable in the attic is turning into a British pastime. Antique furniture dealers in Lancashire, Cumbria and across the country are always happy to pass comment on any ‘find’ that is brought before them.
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