Is there cash in your attic for Rosemere?

Silverwoods militaria expert James Thompson.
Silverwoods militaria expert James Thompson.
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A new initiative aimed at selling unwanted goods to raise money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation has been launched.

Working with leading regional antiques auction house, Silverwoods, Rosemere is encouraging its supporters and their friends and family to donate antiques and collectables to raise funds for a number of groundbreaking projects.

This George medal, awarded to William Mason for an outstanding act of bravery during the Salford Blitz, went under the hammer in last years militaria sale for 3,400.

This George medal, awarded to William Mason for an outstanding act of bravery during the Salford Blitz, went under the hammer in last years militaria sale for 3,400.

These include funding the latest in robotic surgical systems, supporting new clinical trials and a major refurbishment of the Ribblesdale Ward, Rosemere Cancer Centre’s inpatient ward that treats patients from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Dan Hill, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s head of fundraising, said: “We have worked with Silverwoods in the past and raised a fantastic £8,000 for the new chemotherapy unit at Burnley General Teaching Hospital. Now we are asking supporters to consider selling unwanted antiques to raise money for our work on an ongoing basis.”

A free valuation and sale entry system is in place for the scheme, where vendors can either visit the Clitheroe-based saleroom in person or donate via Rosemere’s regional fundraising team. It is also possible to arrange collection of items for sale. Silverwoods then sells the items donated in either a weekly sale or a bimonthly antiques auction, taking half the normal sellers commission.

As well as popular and vibrant weekly sales, selected items will go forward to Silverwoods’ bimonthly sale of art and antiques, which is live on the internet. As well as top quality antiques of all kinds, these auctions also feature specialist sales.

Silverwoods expert James Thompson said: “We have a range of special sale subjects – the first one coming up at the end of March is Militaria which is my own area of expertise. Militaria ranges from unwanted medals, cap-badges and swords to uniforms such as nurses’ capes and trench art – anything really which is associated with the history of the armed forces. Items from local regiments are particularly popular as are bravery medals and supporting documentation can really add to an item’s value.”

Anyone interested in finding out more or making a donation should email Dan at daniel.hill@LTHTR.nhs.uk or call 01772 522913. For specialist militaria appraisals and donations, contact James Thompson direct on 07766 498259.