A POPULAR auctioneer will be looking to put the hammer down when he takes part in the Worcester half-marathon next month.
Philip Serrell, a regular expert on Bargain Hunt and Flog It!, will be joined by 19 friends and colleagues in Team Serrell ‘Fat Boys and Pretty Girls’ to take part in the 13-mile race on Sunday, May 4, for St Richard’s Hospice.
The hospice patron, along with television stars Thomas Plant, Jonathan Pratt and Will Farmer, former professional rugby players Steve Lloyd and Neil Lyman, former England cricketer Mike Selvey, and the rest of the team, have set a £10,000 target.
Philip said: “As a local charity I have always been keen to support the hospice which relies mainly on voluntary income, and last year I was extremely flattered to be asked to become a patron of this great charity.
“I think the hospice serves Worcester and Worcestershire extremely well and this is an opportunity for us to get off our backsides and to do something for the benefit of this hospice.
“Having recently lost both my parents I can appreciate how much this means to the families of the patients.
“We’re not the fittest and it is going to hurt, but I will tell you what, it won’t hurt as much as the people who have to be in here.”
The route sees competitors set off from opposite Sixways Stadium at 9.30am and travel through Oddingley, Tibberton, Crowle, Himbleton, Spernal Green and Dunhamstead before returning back to Oddingley and finishing at the Worcester Warriors site.
Jodi Brandwood, community fund-raiser at the hospice, said: “It’s great to have Philip and the team on board, helping raise money for the hospice and raising the profile of our work.
“They have really taken to the idea of the half marathon and will be helping each other through to succeed. We are expecting lots of laughs and quite a bit of competition in the team.”