As an antiques expert, John Cameron is used to hunting out treasures – and now he’s put his talents to good use by raising money for a children’s respite centre.
John, who is famous for appearing on the BBC1 programme Cash In The Attic, has been taking part in a TV show all this week, going head-to-head with another expert.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is sees two experts battle it out to see who can make the most profit from buying and then selling antiques.
But in a twist, the money to buy the antiques in the first place has to come from the expert’s own pocket.
Any profit raised is then donated to the expert’s chosen charity – and John has picked Naomi House children’s hospice.
‘It was all good fun and for a very worthy cause,’ said John, who has lived in and around Portsmouth all his life.
‘I picked Naomi House because they are a local charity.
‘Fortunately I have never had to use their services. As a father and a grandfather, it’s your worst fear.
‘But they hardly get any government funding and so that’s why I wanted to raise money for them.’
This is the fifth series of the BBC2 show and John has been busy buying from car boot sales, auctions and antiques fairs.
‘This series has been great to film so far and there have definitely been highlights,’ added John.
‘Two of my highlights were trying to sell a goat statue and a Dickensian-style lamp, which had both cost me more than £100.
‘In the end I went to a goat sanctuary in Kent to sell the statue and the lamp was sold to The Churchillian pub, on Portsdown Hill.’
Naomi House, which is based near Winchester, offers respite care to sick children and their families.
Hilary Jukes, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: ‘It’s fantastic that John is raising this money for us and we have been following the programme.
‘Each year we need £5m to run Naomi House.
‘We get just under 15 per cent funding, so the rest is raised by donations from people and companies.’
To find out how much John has raised, tune into the final showdown of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is tonight at 5.15pm.
John is due to start filming for the sixth series of the programme.
If you have items you would like him to find, or which could be sold on the programme, email info@johncameron or call (023) 9273 3080.