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Signed Arsenal shirt, Dan Walker's mug and Chatsworth House tour on offer at special NHS auction

By Jamie Brassington | Staffordshire | Staffordshire entertainment | Published:

From an Arsenal shirt signed by Sol Campbell to TV presenter Dan Walker's coffee mug - these are some of the unique items going under the hammer for the NHS.

Dan Walker's coffee mug

A special auction is taking place tonight to raise money for health workers battling on the frontline against the coronavirus outbreak.

It will be conducted from the shed of Charles Hanson, who runs Hansons Auctioneers which is based in Stafford, amid the nationwide lockdown.

Scores of items have been generously donated by celebrities and members of the public in a show of appreciation for NHS workers.

Mr Hanson said: "Totally overwhelmed - that's how I feel after a phenomenal response to my NHS auction fundraiser.

"Both members of the public and well known faces have donated wonderful lots.

"I've had a crazy few days pulling it all together but the NHS auction catalogue is live - and you can bid now."

A total of 48 items make up the catalogue and customers have already been submitting healthy bids ahead of the show.

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The highest bid yesterday afternoon was £600 for a guided tour of a picturesque stately home called Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Chatsworth House

The guide has been donated by the Duke of Devonshire called Peregrine Cavendish, who owns the home.

He will accompany six guests on the tour and have afternoon tea with them.

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Chatsworth House, which opened in 1708, has an impressive art collection and even has artefacts from ancient Egypt.

There will be a number of items that will excite sports fans.

A red Arsenal shirt, from the 2002 to 2004 era, has been donated by donated a member of the public.

Arsenal shirt signed by former Arsenal players and staff

It has been signed by former manager Arsene Wenger and defenders Sol Campbell and Martin Keown.

Derby County and Burton Albion have donated two match-day hospitality tickets each. Games are currently suspended due to coronavirus.

The auction lots cost £55 [Derby] and £95 [Burton] respectively.

Elsewhere, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has donated his TV mug.

And Nev the Blacksmith, off the TV show Salvage Hunters, is offering the chance for someone to spend the day with him learning how to forge metal.

The auction will begin at 7pm and will be broadcast live on the company website at www.hansonslive.co.uk

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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