Derbyshire Bargain Hunt Star Charles Hanson is set to sell off his golden gavels in online auction to raise funds for NHS

Derbyshire’s celebrity antiques expert Charles Hanson is set to auction off his famous gavel to raise cash for NHS services in the county.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 2:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 7:56 pm

The Bargain Hunt star was forced to close his saleroom due to the coronavirus so will instead live stream the Golden Gavel NHS Charity Auction over the internet.

He decided to hold the sale after being forced to work from his shed “man cave” in Derbyshire.

Charles, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, will sell a string of donations from MPs and celebrities including from Robbie Williams and Kelly Brook.

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Derbyshire auctioneer Charles Hanson who is selling off his golden gavels to raise csh for the NHS

He said: “Like everyone else, I’ve been shocked by the impact this terrible illness has had on us all.

“It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves. Our lives have been turned upside, the world is in turmoil and most of us are trapped in our own four walls.

“But at the forefront of it all, fighting to save lives every minute of every day, are our health service workers.

“Those of us in lockdown, the non-essential workers, are the lucky ones.

“We are not seeing the devastation on the frontline, the battle to steer chronically ill coronavirus victims back to health, nor do we have to witness loss of life on a daily basis.

“I wanted to do something to help and decided to stick with what I’m best at – auctioneering.

“My man cave is finally coming into its own.”

Charles is donating his two BBC Bargain Hunt golden gavels presented to him in 2004 and 2016, plus his own auction gavel, for the auction.

He added: “They need protective clothing, they need thermometers, they need tea and biscuits to get them through the day.

“Even if you’re stuck at home, you can do something positive to help.

“I can’t wait to spread a little cheer, lift spirits and raise much-needed funds to benefit our hospitals, staff and patients.”

All money raised will be donated to Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.

The Golden Gavel NHS Charity Auction will start at 11am on Friday, April 3.