Antiques expert shares knowledge at Oxfam fundraiser

Emma Billingham

A morning of learning about the antiques that are donated to Oxfam charity shops was enjoyed at a fundraising event.

Barbara Walmsley hosted the session on Wednesday as part of her annual fundraising drive for the charity, also inviting guests to bring along items to be valued by Oxfam antiques expert Shelley Hitch.

She gave a talk on some of the notable items donated to the charity, ranging from a whale’s tooth to a £45,000 chest of drawers.

Barbara said: “We all had a fantastic time, and it went very well.

“We had a very successful raffle and lots of cake. The talk was very interesting and people bought along their own items.”

The £400 raised from the antiques morning at the Holy Trinity Parish Centre will go towards the overall total to be donated to Oxfam, following a sponsored sleep-in by Barbara as well as bucket collections at Sainsbury’s in Providence Place.

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