TV antiques expert Paul Laidlaw, best known for his appearances on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip, hosted a Valuation fundraiser at Oak Tree Animals’ Charity on Wednesday.
Paul, who has opened up his own bespoke saleroom in the heart of Carlisle, was joined by fellow auctioneer and antiques enthusiast Georgina Norman, who gained her Master’s at Christie’s New York.
Paul said “We are so happy to have been able to contribute to the great work Oak Tree does for animals and the community” he continued “It was the best of these kind of events we’ve had for a long time, and we’re so pleased with the huge variety of items brought in, but especially the fascinating stories that came with them”.
Mieke Tennant, Events Coordinator at Oak Tree said: “We were thrilled to host such an interesting and well-known celebrity here at the charity. It was fantastic to see excited supporters queued up to meet Paul and learn from the experts about the history and potential value of their much-loved antiques and collectibles. We are incredibly grateful to Paul and his team for hosting such a great event, and very much look forward to welcoming him back to the charity in the future.”
As part of the charity’s 110th Anniversary celebrations Oak Tree are hosting a number of special events to mark the occasion, and issuing special Golden Tickets to supporters who take on anniversary challenges to win a week’s holiday in Borrowdale. The first official Golden Ticket was awarded to Paul who very kindly offered his expertise on Wednesday free of charge.
Oak Tree, which celebrates its 110th Anniversary this year, has already helped more than 200 animals in 2019. Whether this has been by matching animals with a perfect new home or offering help to owners and developing ways that enable them to keep a much-loved pet, they are determined to help as many animals as they can.
For more information about 110th Celebrations and events at Oak Tree, the Charity’s work and how you can help, please visit their website www.oaktreeeanimals.org.uk, call them on 01228 560082, follow them on social media or pop in to Oak Tree Farm, Wetheral Shields for a cuppa and cake! They are open 7 days a week, 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Oak Tree Animals’ Charity, Oak Tree Farm, Wetheral Shields, Carlisle, CA4 8JA.