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TV auctioneer joins Staffordshire Hoard fundraising campaign

Charles Hanson

Charles Hanson

A TV auctioneer is joining the battle to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the region.

BBC Bargain Hunt star Charles Hanson will be auctioning items from across the county – and Lichfield residents are being urged to join the fundraising effort.

Items will be collected from across Staffordshire before going under the hammer at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on March 27 at 2pm.

Charles said:

“I am delighted to be part of such a wonderful event and look forward to seeing the items donated. It is fantastic to see everyone working together to ensure the Hoard stays in the region.”

Organisers are inviting members of the public to seek out any unwanted quality items, antiques, collectables, or anything which would appeal to a potential buyer which can be auctioned off by Charles at the fun event which is aimed at people of all ages.

Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Charles Hanson to Stafford to help us with this event and hope that as many people as possible will come out to support it, either by donating any unwanted quality items for the auction or coming along to join in the day.

“The Staffordshire Hoard Partnership has a massive fundraising target to achieve to keep the Hoard in the region. Working together, the partners aim to bring the Staffordshire Hoard home to the region of its discovery and to ensure it is enjoyed by as many people as possible.”

People are also invited to bring items along to the event to have them valued by Charles and his experts from Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers for a small donation of £1 per item, with all proceeds going towards the Hoard fund.

Anyone wanting to donate items can drop them off at Lichfield Library on Monday (March 15) from 10am to 4pm.

Places at the auction are free but limited, however booking is advisable. To reserve a place contact Kim Chapman at Staffordshire County Council on 01785 854073 or email kim.chapman@staffordshire.gov.uk.

To find out more about the Hoard fundraising effort visit www.artfund.org/hoard.

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