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Is there cash in your attic? Lots of lots needed for celebrity 24hr auction

26 August 2013

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is all set to benefit from the proceeds of a world-record breaking 24-hour solo auction attempt by the celebrity international antiques expert James Lewis – but we need your help!

James Lewis

Often seen on TV starring in such programmes Flog It!, The Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt, and Cash In The Attic, James is also a generous supporter of local charities and good causes. 

James lost a colleague to pancreatic cancer, and so PCRF has been invited to join other charities and share the proceeds of a mammoth 24-hour auction event in November this year, organised by James’s auction house, Bamfords.  If all goes well, not only will this break the world record for a continuous solo auction, but James is hoping to raise over £50,000 to be split between the charities!

The lots are donated by charities and their supporters – and this is where you come in!
We need a minimum of 100 donated lots, so please do think about whether you can help us.

Donations don’t necessarily need to be antiques or heirlooms (although feel free to donate these if you wish!)  but anything from artwork, jewellery, good quality gifts, furniture, equipment, ceramics – in fact any good quality items that you’d see gracing a general household auction sale. Gift experiences or services are also allowed, so tickets to events or performances, or memorabilia signed by celebrities would also be welcome. Don’t worry if you think that any items are too small to bother with, as we can accept anything over the value of £10, and Bamfords may bundle smaller items together into one lot.

The world record attempt will take place over 28-29 November, at the Westfield Centre in Derby, with James as the auctioneer for the whole 24 hours, bringing the gavel down on an estimated 2,400 items, with live internet bids to spice up the action.  

Our lovely supporter, Sarah Flint, from Sheffield, has been liaising with the Bamfords events team and the other charities on our behalf, and will log donations so that you can be sure that everything is safely received. You will also receive a formal receipt from Bamfords when the items are transferred to the auction house.

If you have any queries about the auction, Sarah is happy to help and can be contacted on Sarah’s brother has kindly offered secure storage space at his business premises. Sarah may also be able to organise collection of items from the Sheffield area, so please do get in touch with her with any queries about potential items or the logistics of sending things.

FAO Sarah Flint, KG Textiles, Century Mills, 2 Ripon Street, Sheffield, S9 3LX

For donations from individuals
: Smaller items can be posted to Sarah directly, but please remember to include a note of your name, address, email and a contact telephone number.

For corporate donations: Please remember to include a note of a contact name, address, email and company website (so that we can take a copy of your company logo to promote on the auction website).

We really need your help on this one! And don’t forget to ask friends, family – and even employers - if they have anything that they could donate too!

We’ll keep you posted on our progress – see our Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@pancanresearch) for updates!

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