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EACH: Curtis Dowling puts his money where his mouth is
Curtis Dowling
Curtis Dowling hopes his purchases will find good homes

TV antiques expert Curtis Dowling is backing the EACH Treehouse Appeal via his new BBC One programme.

Curtis will be donating any profit made from the sale of antiques he buys on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

"It's a great local project," Curtis said of the campaign to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich.

"Hopefully this show will get people talking about it - raising an awful lot more money long after our show has been on television."

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is sees two experts using their own money to buy items which are later sold on the programme.

Any profit made from the sale of these antiques is donated to the expert's designated charity, which in Curtis's case is East Anglia's Children's Hospices Treehouse Appeal.

"We've got to put up about £3,500 each," said Curtis. "The show follows us across five episodes, seeing us sell these antiques.

"We'll be out and about until the end of August, filming and selling in Suffolk. Hopefully there are some people out there who want to buy our stuff."

High hopes

Curtis hopes this appearance on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is will be more successful than his last one, when he went head to head with auctioneer James Lewis.

EACH Treehouse hospice building site, June 2010
The new hospice is starting to take shape (June 2010)

"James Lewis got £8900 and I got £1600," said Curtis. "I went into it thinking yes it's for charity, but I didn't want people watching the television saying 'crikey, I've just paid £2000 for a chair that cost £50 from a boot fair'.

"I kind of hoped everyone was thinking along the same lines!"

Curtis learned that James's success was in part due to where he sold his items.

"In hindsight, with an audience at Chelsea Barracks who have all paid £1000 to turn up, you're going to get an awful lot of money for bits and pieces!"

But despite this set back, Curtis promises to 'keep it real'.

"The whole show, it's essential that they're real deals," he said. "You're not going to see anything other than the absolute truth - with us getting out there and selling things to people who want it.

"It's us buying things and then hoping and praying over the course of the series that some really nice people buy it, first and foremost because they want it, but secondly because they know their purchase goes to support the charity."

Mark Loades from the Treehouse Appeal team is grateful to receive Curtis's support.

"It's fantastic," he said. "Thanks to Curtis for taking it on and promoting the Treehouse Appeal.

"It will help with the exposure and getting people aware of the Treehouse Appeal and the need for a new hospice."

The show is due to be aired on BBC One in September 2010.

Donate now

BBC Suffolk is helping East Anglia's Children's Hospices raise the £3m needed to build a new children's hospice in Ipswich.

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To give money, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .





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