ANTIQUES expert Adam Schoon is returning to his hometown of Sheffield to launch the city’s new retail quarter this weekend.
The Antiques Roadshow star will launch Sheffield Antiques Quarter on Sunday, when he will also support Sheffield Children’s Hospital which saved his life 39 years ago.
The Sheffield-born antiques valuer will be offering his expertise at the event on Broadfield Road, Heeley, in return for donations for the Children’s Hospital Charity.
Adam said: “When I was 10 I fell off my bike cycling in the Peak District and fractured my skull.
“I was rushed to the hospital and it was touch and go.
“I had to be monitored closely for signs of brain damage, but in the end I made a miraculous recovery.
“I remember thoroughly enjoying myself during my four-week stay on the wards! I had doctors and nurses giving me lots of attention, lots of nice things to eat and drink, and I remember finding it all exciting.
“It was a bit of an adventure, even though I was obviously very ill.”
Adam, who was born in Millhouses, will return to Sheffield to join local enthusiasts, including campaign leader Hendrika Stephens - owner of art business The Corner Gallery - at the launch of the quarter which includes 30 businesses.
From 11am to 5pm on Sunday there will be market stalls selling crafts, vintage goods and art, live music, a Santa’s grotto and fundraising activities for all the family.
Adam will be giving valuations in exchange for donations from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
He said: “I owe my life to the hospital and am thrilled to support it. I remember being well looked after so it is a cause very close to my heart.”
Rebecca Staden, hospital charity fundraiser, said: “We’re so grateful for all of the wonderful ways people choose to fundraise for us.
“The money raised through this event will go towards our Make it Better appeal, helping to make our extraordinary hospital even better for our young patients.”
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