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TV EXPERTS LEND A HAND AT CHARITY VALUATION DAY

BBC Antiques Roadshow's Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd were on hand to support the work of a charity in Chippenham last weekend.

Marc Allum

Antiques expert Marc Allum. Image by Diane Vose.

Julian House, a charity that provides beds, support and essential life skills training to the homeless, held a valuation day at their charity shop in Market Place, Chippenham on Saturday 8 July 2016, with the expertise and backing of the popular TV valuation specialists.

Visitors were invited to bring along personal items, keepsakes, objects and artifacts for valuation.  A fee of £2 was charged for each valuation, with all proceeds going to Julian House.

Julian House provides over 100 beds for the homeless through an emergency hostel and supported housing projects, while providing direct support to over 220 vulnerable individuals.

In addition to the shop in Chippenham, the charity has a social enterprise Bike Workshop and Skills Hub in Trowbridge which supports the homeless and unemployed through a Build-a-Bike training scheme and skills, training, work experience and job coaching programmes.

Linda Raud, manager at Julian House’s Chippenham shop, says: “We are delighted that Marc and Lisa are prepared to support Julian House by giving up their valuable time...to help raise vital funds for the charity."

Allum, who lives in Chippenham, has been a miscellaneous specialist on the popular BBC show since 1998, and his wife Lisa Lloyd has been with the show since 2012.  She runs a successful antiques and interior design business and writes for magazines.

Allum said: “In a world where help and understanding can go a long way to making people with distinct disadvantages lead a better life, one must always help if possible... Supporting homelessness was a great cause for my late father and like to continue this support in his memory. We get asked to work for many charitable causes but also like to support local and Wiltshire based charities. Hence our appearance at the Julian House Chippenham charity shop... it's a pleasure to assist.”

The Julian House charity shop is located at 51-52 Market Place, Chippenham.