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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

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Charles Hanson to host live auction for the NSPCC

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AUCTIONEER and television personality Charles Hanson will host a live auction from his garden shed to raise money for the NSPCC.

Charles, who has appeared on various daytime television programmes such as Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip, will auction off exciting lots to raise money for a charity that has stepped up its efforts to meet the needs of children during the lockdown.

Lots have been donated by various well-known Midlands faces such as Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight CBE, magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin and comedian Jasper Carrott OBE.

Steven Knight has donated a cap and scarf from Garrison Tailors, as well as a personalised video message from himself to the highest bidder, and Ben Hanlin has donated a hand-made mosaic made from 300 Rubix cubes.

There will be many more exciting lots to bid on, including signed sports memorabilia, distillery tours and sightseeing flights.

Charles is encouraging the public to donate interesting items and experiences for the auction on the 28th August that will help the charity continue its vital work for children.

He said:

“I am thrilled to be running an online auction to aid the NSPCC – an incredibly important charity which battles to stop cruelty to children.

“As a father myself, it’s difficult to comprehend the misery inflicted on some children. But we can all do something to help by supporting this auction and raising funds for a fantastic cause.

“Right now, we need some more great lots to sell and so I’m calling on people across the country to kindly donate items or experiences to go under the hammer.

“This is my way of making a difference. I hope people will join me in helping the NSPCC by donating a lot or bidding on the night during what I promise will be an entertaining and fun live auction broadcast.”

Hansons Auctioneers have headquarters in Derbyshire and have salerooms in Staffordshire and London. Charles has hosted three online charity auctions during lockdown to raise funds for the NHS, London’s Florence Nightingale Museum and Nottinghamshire’s Creswell Crags Museum and Prehistoric Gorge raising a combined total of £62,000.

Steven Knight said:

“It’s fantastic to be able to get behind this auction with Charles Hanson and the NSPCC.

“All lots donated will go a long way to help a charity that has gone above and beyond during the pandemic to meet the needs of vulnerable children through its services and Childline. It would be great if people could tune in because there are some fantastic lots on offer.

“I would like to thank in advance those who bid on the items I have donated and other lots during the auction – it will be for a great cause.”

Barbara Elsey, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager, said:

“The live auction will be a wonderful occasion and I would like to thank Charles on behalf of the NSPCC for putting this event on for us.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSPCC has stepped up to still be there for children during the lockdown. The charity has managed this through adapting its vital services, and Childline continuing to deliver thousands of counselling sessions to children concerned about Coronavirus and other worries.

“All money raised from the live auction will allow us to continue our crucial work and we would like to thank those who have donated lots and those who will bid during the auction for the various exciting lots and experiences on offer.”

As part of the live auction broadcast, Charles will be in conversation with Dame Esther Rantzen talking about Childline and the NSPCC’s ‘Still Here For Children’ campaign.

You can tune in to the live auction at 7pm by visiting www.hansonslive.co.uk and access the online bidding/catalogue platform here.

If you would like to donate an interesting lot or experience, please e-mail midlandsappeals@nspcc.org.uk.

If you can’t tune in on the evening and would like to donate, please visit this link.

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