Normality is on hold, the world is in turmoil and our lives may never be the same again – but I’m determined to do my bit to help battle the coronavirus pandemic, hopefully with a little help from you, writes Charles Hanson.
The last few days and weeks have been immensely difficult for us all. I took the decision to put Hansons’ salerooms into lockdown on Monday, March 23 and confess I felt a little shellshocked at having to do so.
But the health and wellbeing of clients and staff had to come first. There was no other choice. It was the only decision I could make. Unbeknown to me, the entire country would be in lockdown just a few hours later.
Since then, I’ve resolutely stayed in lockdown with my wife and family in our Derbyshire home. But the sudden slowdown has been a shock to my system. I love my job, thrive on living life to the full and relish being busy.
But I have joined all non-essential workers in being forced to take my foot off the accelerator and it’s given me time to think. Ultimately, one thing and one thing only has been preying on my mind. What can I do to help our NHS, their wonderful staff and Covid-19 victims at this critical time? What can Hansons do to help the country combat this disease?
A charity auction sprang to mind, one that I could broadcast from my own backyard – my garden shed, in fact, using latest technology to bring people together remotely to help our NHS heroes.
I leapt into action and I’m proud to announce that on Friday, April 3 at 7pm Hansons will be holding a virtual Golden Gavel NHS Charity Auction featuring lots gifted by generous supporters including some well-known faces from TV’s antiques world to fight Covid-19. It will be a lockdown special behind the auctioneer’s keyhole and my garden shed ‘man cave’ will come into its own.
All money raised will be donated to Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity which covers five hospitals in Derby, Burton, Tamworth and Lichfield. Cash raised will buy essential items, anything from personal protection equipment and thermometers to tea and biscuits to boost staff morale.
Many NHS staff battling the virus on the frontline have been devastated to see some people flouting lockdown rules, going out and potentially spreading Covid-19, thereby intensify pressure on the health service. I want to show them we care.
The NHS charity was happy to discover I’d come up with a way of hosting a remote fundraiser at a time when it’s impossible for people to gather together in large groups. I urge you all to do whatever you can to help our health workers in the weeks ahead.
That’s certainly what I’m trying to do. In the last few days, I’ve been working hard to secure lots from some of my celebrity friends and acquaintances, people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet through my TV work.
And naturally, I am providing a lot for the auction myself – I’ll be selling my very own favourite gavel, one that’s been by my side for seven years, banging down on the rostrum to seal the deal on countless star lots. I hope there will be a few antique show fans out there who might like to join a little bidding battle to gain this precious personal memento.
As well as looking lovely on your mantelpiece, every penny you pay will help our NHS heroes, the people whose importance has never been felt so greatly.
How to take part in the NHS auction
The Golden Gavel NHS Charity Auction will take place on Friday, April 3 from 7pm. It will be broadcast live through Hansons’ online bidding platform – www.hansonslive.co.uk. There will be no bidding fees thanks to the generosity of service provider Bidpath, which has also donated two Derby County hospitality tickets to the charity auction. To register with Hansonslive to enable you to bid CLICK HERE - please note, you will be able to bid and browse lots when the catalogue goes live at www.hansonslive.co.uk on April 1 at 12 noon.
If you simply want to enjoy the TV show-style auction, it will also be broadcast on Charles Hanson’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/charles.hanson.9803 - and on his Twitter account @HansonsAuctions
To donate directly to Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity, please visit: https://dbhc.org.uk/covid-19-appeal/.
Help at this difficult time
Though Hansons’ salerooms are in lockdown, we will endeavour to deal with client queries about this or any other auction via email. Some of our imminent sales have been postponed - check our website auction calendar for details.
Any items on lockdown at our auction centres will be stored free of charge. We can also continue to deal with accounts enquiries. Email: [email protected]
Some services will be available remotely. For example you can arrange virtual valuations, book appointments for house visits and gain house clearance/downsizing quotes by emailing [email protected]
For more information CLICK HERE.