Bargain Hunt's Charles Hanson in fundraising auction to save Florence Nightingale Museum

Television antiques expert Charles Hanson is calling on people to help save a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale whose bicentenary is celebrated this week.

Charles Hanson will be hosting a garden shed auction in aid of the Florence Nightingale Museum.
Charles Hanson will be hosting a garden shed auction in aid of the Florence Nightingale Museum.

The Derbyshire based auctioneer has joined a campaign to raise £160,000 for the museum which is struggling for survival amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Charles, a regular on TV’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, will be running a n online charity auction from his Derbyshire garden shed to raise funds for the appeal.

Every penny raised will go to the Florence Nightingale Museum, which is based at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, the place where Nightingale established her nursing school and where prime minister Boris Johnson conquered coronavirus.

Charles said: “The loss of this museum is unthinkable. I’m determined to do all I can to get it out of intensive care and back into the recovery ward. “As a man who loves history, I also want to celebrate Florence’s connections to my home county of Derbyshire. I’ve been fortunate enough to auction items connected to her.”

But auction lots are desperately needed and Charles is hoping that people will donate items or experiences to his fundraiser which will take place on June 5 at 7pm.

To donate a lot, email:[email protected] or [email protected]

In April, Charles raised £38,000 for the NHS through an auction in his garden shed with lots donated by celebrities including Drew Pritchard from television’s Salvage Hunters and actor Neil Morrissey.