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Antiques Afternoon Delivers Charity and Cheer

Doxford Hall celebrate their 200th anniversary with antiques expert, David Harper.

To mark 200 years since Doxford Hall was officially built, an afternoon was held with antiques expert, David Harper which raised both eyebrows and charitable funds. Friday 11th May saw over 100 guests attend Doxford Hall, some with hidden treasures to be valued.

Across the day, David Harper spoke about his career, gave antique talks, told stories of his life on television and valued antiques brought in by guests. Not only did the event celebrate Doxford Hall, donations were also given to HospiceCare North Northumberland, with a total being raised through tickets sales and generous donations of £420.
John Dobson, a local Northumbrian was commissioned to build Doxford Hall. Best known for designing Newcastle Central Station, John was arguably the region’s greatest architect and completed building Doxford Hall in 1818.

Today, Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa is an award-winning hotel and spa, situated in rural North Northumberland. With an aqueous spa and extensive gardens, including the largest yew tree maze in Europe, Doxford Hall is a venue that is perfect for both business and leisure occasions.

Speaking afterwards, Eric Kortenbach, General Manager of Doxford Hall, said: “This was a truly wonderful event and a perfect way to celebrate the bicentenary of Doxford Hall. It was an afternoon enjoyed by all and from the day, four-hundred and twenty pounds was raised for HospiceCare North Northumberland, a charity local to many which deliver outstanding care to those in need.”

David Harper donated one of his own paintings, to support future fund raising for HospiceCare North Northumberland. There was an interesting and eclectic range of antiques and objects brought in by guests to be valued, from gold evening bags to pocket watches, prints and porcelain.
Doxford Hall is of course a magnificent piece of art itself and what better way to celebrate its 200th year than hosting an event which highlights antiques and memorabilia.

Established in 1995, HospiceCare are a local charity that provide excellent, round-the-clock support and care to those with life-limiting illnesses. Further information can be found at: http://www.hospicecare-nn.org.uk/. Commenting afterwards, Rebecca Taylor, Events and Community Fundraiser for HospiceCare North Northumberland, said:

“What an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon with David Harper at Doxford Hall –sharing his passion and knowledge for all things “antique”. After the talk, audience members enjoyed talking to David about their items they had brought along for him to value.”

“I would like to thank all who attended and a very special thanks to Doxford Hall for organising it, in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. The money raised could provide two nights of Specialist Hospice at-home care to people living in our local communities.”

For more information about Doxford Hall and further events, please call 01665589700 or visit their website at: https://www.doxfordhall.com/.

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