Derbyshire Bargain Hunt star Charles Hanson raises £30,000 for NHS with online auction in his shed

Derbyshire’s celebrity antiques expert Charles Hanson raised £30,000 for the NHS by selling his famous gavel and other items in an online auction held in his shed during lockdown.
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The Bargain Hunt star received 50 lots from members of the public and celebrities in less than a week before broadcasting the bidding live over the weekend.

Every penny will be donated to Derby and Burton Hospitals Covid-19 Appeal and could pay for 30,000 face masks.

TV antiques expert Charles Hanson broadcast a live charity auction in lockdown from his garden shed to help Britain’s NHS heroes fight coronavirus.  Picture by SWNS.TV antiques expert Charles Hanson broadcast a live charity auction in lockdown from his garden shed to help Britain’s NHS heroes fight coronavirus.  Picture by SWNS.
TV antiques expert Charles Hanson broadcast a live charity auction in lockdown from his garden shed to help Britain’s NHS heroes fight coronavirus. Picture by SWNS.

The top seller was a day out salvage hunting and antique shopping with Drew Pritchard, of TV’s Salvage Hunters, which fetched £3,700. His iconic cap brought in another £480.

Charles raised £1,770 with his BBC Bargain Hunt goodies, his own gavel, tea for four in his garden shed and a VIP day out at Hansons Auctioneers.

He said: “I’m very proud we managed to make so much money for our amazing health service workers fighting this terrible disease on the front line.

“It’s yet another sign of the nation’s deep respect and admiration for them.

“It was fun, it was exhausting, it was different and I just hope everyone who was watching or taking part on our bidding platform Hansonslive, Facebook or Twitter enjoyed the fun.

“My deepest thanks go to everyone who supported the event in any shape or form and also to the NHS staff who inspired us all to go the extra mile for them, just like they do for us.”

Drew added: “I was very impressed by what Charles was doing and really wanted to help.

“It’s very important to support the NHS right now.”

Familiar faces from Salvage Hunters: The Restorers also backed the cause.

Nev Morris, the blacksmith, offered a day at the forge which sold for £480 while a day with upholsterer Craig Hughes made £520.

A day out metal detecting with Adam Staples, who helped to uncover a coin hoard potentially worth £5 million in Somerset, soared to £2,100.

An auctioneering lesson from auctioneer and TV antique show favourite Charlie Ross raised £1,700.

And a tour around Derbyshire’s Chatsworth House for up to six people accompanied by the Duke of Devonshire was snapped up for £1,550.

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