TV antiques expert set for St Giles Hospice fundraiser

Charles Hanson with Angela Burns, Group Chief Executive Officer for Moor Hall Hotel (left) and St Giles Hospice Capital Appeal Director, Laura Pennycuick

Charles Hanson with Angela Burns, Group Chief Executive Officer for Moor Hall Hotel (left) and St Giles Hospice Capital Appeal Director, Laura Pennycuick

TV antiques expert Charles Hanson will be the special guest at a charity lunch and valuation day in aid of St Giles Hospice.

Charles, known for his appearances on BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It, will be valuing a small item for visitors to the event, which is in aid of the Capital Appeal to build a new In-Patient Unit (IPU) at the hospice in Whittington, near Lichfield.

The event takes place at Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield on July 5.

Valuations will take place from 11am, with lunch at 12.45pm, before a talk by Charles on life in the antiques world and an insight into recognising those special items.

St Giles Hospice Capital Appeal Director, Laura Pennycuick, said:

“We’re thrilled that Charles Hanson will be our special guest at July’s charity lunch. As well as sharing amazing stories and anecdotes from his life in the antiques business, this is the perfect opportunity for people to find out more about their personal items.”

Tickets cost £25 each, including a valuation, and are available by calling 0121 378 6295 or emailing laura.pennycuick@st-giles-hospice.org.uk.

The Capital Appeal has raised nearly £1.9m of the £4m target towards the new IPU, and with construction having now begun on the roof, the state-of-the-art 27-bed facility is taking shape. Generous support has been pledged by grant-making trusts, statutory bodies, individuals and local companies, in addition to a grant of £500,000 from the Department of Health.

The new IPU is due to open during the first half of next year and will replace the current 18-bed facility on land adjacent to the hospice at Whittington. This will enable St Giles to significantly extend its specialist care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

In addition to increasing the number of beds available, the new IPU facility will offer a choice of larger en-suite rooms or three multi-occupation wards if they prefer the company of other patients, with enhanced facilities for relatives including overnight accommodation.

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