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A WELL-KNOWN an­tiques ex­pert will help raise cash for a hos­pice by host­ing a spe­cial event next week.

The BBC’s An­tiques Road Show ex­pert John Bly is com­ing to Berkham­sted to host a spe­cial val­u­a­tion evening at the Hos­pice of St Fran­cis’ award-win­ning fur­ni­ture and up­cy­cling show­room Re­turned to Glory.

The res­i­dent fur­ni­ture ex­pert, from Tring, will be back at the North­bridge Road em­po­rium on Wed­nes­day cast­ing his trained eye over any­thing pun­ters bring him from small fur­ni­ture items, sil­ver, me­tal ware, bronze and glass­ware to porce­lain, ce­ram­ics, enam­els, ivory and toys.

At last year’s inau­gu­ral event, an 1830s tea caddy bought 30-years-ago for £120 was val­ued at £1,250 to £1,500, while a pair of late 19th cen­tury Ed­war­dian enamel opera glasses were es­ti­mated at £80 to £90.

Man­ager of the store Francesca Alden said: “If you’ve ever won­dered if you’re sit­ting on any valu­able trea­sures at home, maybe hid­den away in the loft or tucked away at the back of a cup­board, now’s the time to dig them out!

“It’s open to all and peo­ple are in­vited to bring a max­i­mum of two items per per­son, each to be val­ued by John on the night in re­turn for a £5 do­na­tion to the hos­pice for each one.”

In June the show­room, which opened in Septem­ber 2012, scooped the Spe­cial­ist Shop of the Year award at the na­tional Char­ity Re­tail As­so­ci­a­tion Awards, beat­ing off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from a to­tal of 380 char­i­ties across the UK which took part.

Last year it won Berkham­sted and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Berkham­sted Busi­ness of the Year Award, to recog­nise its con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Re­fresh­ments, in­clud­ing wine, will be served at the event, which will run from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

For more de­tails, visit www.Face­­turned­toGlory, www.stfran­­with-us/re­turned-to-glo­ry­home-page or call 01442 874 356.

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