ANTIQUES Roadshow star Adam Schoon will officially launch Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter on Sunday - and help to pay back the Children’s Hospital which saved his life 39 years ago.
The Sheffield-born antiques valuator will be offering his expertise in return for donations to the hospital at the event on Broadfield Road, between Abbeydale Road and Heeley Bottom.
He said: “When I was 10-years-old I fell off my bike while cycling with my friend in the Peak District and fractured my skull.
“I was rushed to the hospital and it was very touch and go. I had to be monitored really closely for signs of brain damage – but in the end I made a miraculous recovery.
“As a little lad, 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 can remember finding it all quite 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 for the launch of the Antiques Quarter when more than 30 antique businesses will set up stall on Broadfield Road on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. He will be giving valuations from 12.30 to 2.30pm.
Adam added: “I owe my life to the hospital and I am thrilled to be part of anything which supports it. I can remember being so well looked after there so it is cause very close to my heart.”
The designation of the quarter aims to highlight the wealth of antiques businesses around Abbeydale, Broadfield and Queens Roads.
Antiques, crafts, vintage goods and art will be sold, alongside children’s activities, a Santa’s grotto and performances by local musicians.
In general, fundraising will be for the Children’s Hospital’s ‘Make it Better’ appeal.
Fundraiser Rebecca Staden said: “We always love hearing when a supporter has a very special connection with our fantastic hospital, like Adam.”
lAntiques and auctions, page 18.