Neighbours turn out to surprise a Somerset couple who have used their own experience of disability to help others. Paul Martin and Irina Aggrey collect donated items.
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We lead such busy lives that most of us don't get a chance
to know our neighbour.
Well, today, in this street, all that is about to change.
Because we're throwing a party, and everyone's invited.
We want to pay tribute to a local couple, Chris and Lynn,
who have spent years helping the elderly and disabled in their town.
I don't think Chris and Lynn realise
the impact they've had on people.
Despite having had their fair share of troubles,
they've dedicated their lives to helping others.
I am just so proud of both of them for everything they've done.
We think it's time their kindness is recognised,
so we are going out into the neighbourhood
to find items we can sell.
Oh, yes, they're all right, there we go. A tight fit.
It won't all be plain sailing.
Come on! I need to get into the house.
We'll send some treasures to the saleroom auction,
the rest we'll sell on bric-a-brac stalls and at our street auction.
And we are going to use the money
to give Chris and Lynn a surprise thank-you.
But how will they react when they find out all of this is for them?
Today we are in Nailsea, a small market town in Somerset.
It's home to a drop-in centre
that's a lifeline for many people in the community.
It provides support and advice for the disabled and elderly
and is run by Chris and Lynn Baker.
We told them we're making a film about communities.
Chris and Lynn met in a dance hall, married nearly 50 years ago,
and have lived in Nailsea ever since.
Their children, Jason and Sharon, grew up in the town.
My mum and dad are a really traditional couple,
they absolutely love spending time together.
They're inseparable. They love going out and about, sightseeing.
And they love each other very, very much.
Chris worked as a lorry driver,
and in his spare time threw himself into local activities,
like running Jason's youth football team
and volunteering as a retained fireman.
But when Chris was just 45, tragedy struck.
It was a shock.
It came out of the blue.
One minute he's feeling quite well,
the next minute he's had a heart attack.
It was the start of major health problems.
A few years later, an operation left him partially paralysed.
Life just changes,
it completely changes when something like that happens.
Your lifestyle has got to change.
He had to give up work, had to completely change his lifestyle,
and it had a massive impact on him and my mum's life.
It was probably worse for Lynn than what it was for me,
because I was probably horrible to live with.
She always... She was always there, you know.
She was... It wasn't always, "Oh, poor Chris."
It was never, "Poor Chris." It was always, "Yes, you can do this."
And giving up wasn't an option for a man who'd once been so active.
I think my dad found the change from being somebody
who'd been a very hard worker, being out all day,
he found the change of not being able to work,
relying on other people,
he found it really, really hard.
But he wanted to do something.
He didn't want to give up on life.
Chris and a friend opened a drop-in centre
and the local MP cut the ribbon when it expanded.
I needed something for me to say,
"I'm a disabled person and I need to do something."
Chris and Lynn then had to face another challenge
with the birth of their first grandchild.
My son is profoundly physically disabled.
He has cerebral palsy.
He stopped breathing when he was four days old.
My mum and dad again have always just been there for us,
on top of all their problems.
Jamie can't walk.
He can't use his arms.
He's got to be fed through his stomach.
He can't speak.
He can't speak at all.
He's the most happiest lad I've ever seen.
And the way he fights, I wish I could fight like him.
He is my best mate.
After 13 tireless years helping the community,
Chris and Lynn are retiring.
A perfect time to say thank you.
As they've worked so hard for others,
we'd love to treat them to a luxury break away.
I'm going to set us a target of £800.
Now all we have to do is raise it.
And this is how we're going to do it.
Well, the plan is, we walk the streets of Nailsea
knocking on as many doors as possible today,
asking all of Chris and Lynn's friends to donate
any unwanted or unloved items we can have
so we can sell them in our pop-up auction,
which is happening here in about a month's time.
Now, it's going to be a really big ask
to get a van full of kit to sell,
but it's going to be an even bigger challenge
to keep this a secret from Chris and Lynn until after the auction.
Tough ask, so I have called our bargain-seeker
and upcycling queen Irina Aggrey to help me.
-Morning, Paul, how are you?
Bang on time. Give us a hug.
-What's the plan?
-We need to fill this van full of unwanted clutter
from all of these houses.
I tell you what, you do that side and I'll do that side.
That's a good start, OK?
-All right, come on.
But which of us will gather the most donations?
There's only one way to find out.
Nailsea, here we come.
'And we're off. Alison's got something for me.'
A bit of Carlton Ware. Do you want it? Can we have it?
It was Granny's, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind.
Oh, thank you, thank you very much.
-It's OK. Crown Devon, I think.
That's nice, that's a nice bit of earthenware, nice old cream jug.
'The cream jugs are unglazed earthenware
'and could date from the 1970s.
'I reckon they could bring in £3 each,
'but I'm more excited about the Carlton Ware dish.
'It's decorated with the foxglove pattern,
'which was produced between the '30s and '60s.
'This plate alone could easily make us £5 for the cause.'
There we are, three items for our bric-a-brac stall.
Irina has had no luck at the front doors so far,
but someone's flagged her down.
My name is Marlene.
-I've made these.
-Amazing, this community.
-I am sure you'll get something for them.
Yes, they're great colours. They are very in at the moment.
Handmade jewellery is popular right now,
as everyone wants something unique.
Marlene's beaded bracelets are right on trend
and I hope someone will pay £5 each.
And she knows Chris and Lynn.
Oh, they're lovely people, yes.
Very caring people.
Yes, they really are.
Next up, it's neighbour Ivor.
We need stuff for our pop-up auction or bric-a-brac stall.
Anything you can give us?
I'm in the process of digging some stuff out now.
Brilliant. We will be going back to see Ivor in about an hour.
Sally and her dog know Chris and Lynn from the drop-in centre.
I've been in there for advice.
It's made it easier to fill in forms and...
Very complicated, aren't they?
You know, just that sort of thing.
That's why we are here today,
to see whether anybody's put anything aside
for a donation for the pop-up street auction next month.
Yes, I know about that.
And I've just had a massive clear-out.
I haven't got anything, I'm sorry.
Don't lose heart, Irina.
This house looks promising.
A little Wedgwood pot here.
-And the other is brand-new. It was bought for a cat
and the cat never used it, so it is brand-new.
Just amazed. Maybe he was just a lazy cat. Thank you.
This would be perfect for a cat that's not allowed outside
to keep those claws off the furniture.
New, these cat gyms retail at over £30.
-We've got a couple of bicycles in the shed.
Really old, though, and a bit cobwebby.
-They do need a lot of work doing to them.
Yeah. I don't mind.
'Raleigh dates back to 1885.
'It's one of the world's oldest bike manufacturers.'
Do you know what? They're lightweight,
they're not clumsy, heavy mountain bikes.
They're good road bikes.
You've sold it already.
'I'd love to find a classic 1970s Raleigh Chopper.
'They can fetch around £1,000.'
I think that's great - someone that works in Nailsea
or the surrounding area, can't afford a car,
maybe a student, got a second-hand bike.
That's great. Ten gears.
That's brilliant. Absolutely thrilled to bits.
Thank you so much.
'Keith and Val's bike should make us £20-£30.'
These are lovely, these are lightweight racing road bikes.
Ten gears, as well. I haven't seen stuff like this for a long time.
Oh... There's... Hi.
Where can I catch you?
There's an old antique table which will fetch a bit.
Because I absolutely love the colour of the wood.
Len's walnut table is known as a tilt top as it folds up
so it can stand against the wall when not in use.
This one has a lovely tripod base
and I think it should go straight into our saleroom auction.
Is there anything else you could possibly donate...
-Well, you're not having this.
-..please? No, no, it's fine.
-We make walking sticks, you see.
-Oh, you make walking sticks?
In fact, Len's an amateur craftsman,
making these walking sticks from hazel -
a light but very strong wood perfect for the job.
And he's kindly giving us two of them.
Oh, you can't hide!
-Did you get a flyer?
-Can you help us out? Do you know what it's about?
Matching pair of lamps with some shades, that's great,
we'll take those.
I'll pick those up, you pick up all the bits and bobs.
-That's good for our bric-a-brac stall.
Brilliant, Kate. Brilliant.
now that you've given me something, I can tell you
-what this is all about, OK?
Have you heard of the Nailsea Disability Initiative
-run by Chris and Lynn Baker?
They're my auntie and uncle.
-No, I don't believe it.
How do you think they'll react on the day?
I think they'll be very surprised and hopefully they will love what
we're doing for them, so, yeah, I'm hoping they'll be really,
-Yeah, let's hope they turn up.
-Morning. Good morning.
'Kate's told me that her mum, Judy, Lynn's sister,
'lives across the road.'
-Can we come in and have a chat?
'Judy's seen how Chris and Lynn came through
'everything life threw at them.'
They took it on the shoulder and got on with it.
Stuck together, pulled together.
-They sound really, really great.
-They are. Yes.
And you know, it's onwards and upwards, isn't it?
Well, it has to be, doesn't it?
-Has to be.
He'd rather be out helping somebody else.
What kind of people
has Chris been helping out?
Everybody is different, everybody has a different need.
-If he couldn't do it...
It went from people with help with drugs
to people that didn't have a penny coming in
and didn't know where their next penny was coming from type of thing.
And there's so many people that were entitled to benefits
that didn't even know they existed.
Chris and Lynn's first-hand experience
has been invaluable to people using the centre.
We come in and say, look, you know, "Sit down,
"we'll discuss your problems."
Sean, who volunteers, became disabled after landing on his head
in a fall.
I'm a quadriplegic, so I filled out all the forms.
Some will struggle on.
They're perfectly entitled to benefits, they just need help.
The centre also supports carers.
Who's there for the people that are doing the caring?
And that is a good question because sometimes you think,
"Oh, who's there for me?"
You can tell people where they can go to get support.
Now, Chris and Lynn are leaving to enjoy a much-deserved retirement,
spending more time in the garden with their family.
I am just so proud of both of them for everything they've done.
I'm proud of my dad for coming up with the idea,
seeing it through, proud of my mum for standing by him
and supporting him all the way through with it, which she has done.
I'm going to meet Chris and Lynn at home to see if they'll
donate some items themselves,
hopefully without being rumbled.
I'm going in there for a good old rummage,
hopefully get them to donate stuff for their own cause.
That's the bit I like, but we've got to find out about them.
So wish me luck, OK? Wish me luck.
-Did you get a flyer through your door?
-Yes, we did.
About a big street party and a pop-up auction
that's happening next month?
What are your names? What's your name?
-Linda, pleased to meet you.
-And what's your name?
Chris, pleased to meet you as well.
-This is a...
This is going to be my first cellar today.
I love that.
Absolutely love that.
Lovely old wooden chest.
Number two. I wonder who WEG is?
'He may well have been a carpenter who made his chest
'to keep his tools in, whoever he was.
'This one is a one-off and it would look great
'in a country-style house.'
Oh, wow. Oh, daylight.
-I like that, WEG, that was obviously the owner.
And the date.
It's not WG Grace, is it?
Not quite. It's got a lovely, lovely original coat of paint on it,
which I love.
Well, look, this is going to come in handy.
I think we can send that off to auction and hopefully get,
I don't know, £20 or £40 for it, but it's going to help.
What's your passion? What do you like doing?
I see you like a bit of gardening.
Yes, he does potter in the garden, don't you?
Yeah, I do like to garden.
Obviously I can't do as much as what I would like to do.
Why? What's happened to you?
-Have you lost...?
-Lost the use of his right side, yes.
-I had a...
..artery pressing on me, and my vein.
So I don't know, eight or nine...
Eight- or nine-hour operation.
And it left me with...
with the right side of my body, doesn't work.
-You're a real star, mate.
He's always done community things, ever since he moved here.
Thank you. Thank you.
-Bye, thank you.
Enjoy the rest of the day.
'I think we got away with it.'
Have to keep quiet because they're still in the garden.
Not only did we get a lovely chest to send off to auction
but I got to find out all about Chris and Lynn,
and to see the extent of his injuries
and find out how hard he works
and what he does for other people.
Boy, what a lovely guy, what a lovely guy.
Meanwhile, Irina is going up in the world.
Angela's got a treasure trove of clothes in the attic.
I have a skirt that I've never wore.
-Still got the tag on it.
Hi! 'Remember Sally who was walking her dog when Irina bumped into her?
'Turns out she has found things for us after all.'
A little tea caddy, isn't it?
Yes, I know, but they're Sri Lankan.
Yeah, that's where all the tea comes from.
'Antique tea caddies usually lock to protect the vulnerable tea.
'While an old one made of mahogany could cost hundreds,
'this one should make us a few pounds.'
Two lovely little caddies,
one would be for green tea and one would be for black tea, I guess,
or you could mix the blends up. But it is a touristy thing, you know.
-A really old bike.
Oh, it's not that old.
You're making it out as if it's something...
Yeah, probably needs a new tyre.
A new kid's bike could cost £100 or more.
I bet someone will pay 20 for this one, surely.
Hello, Oliver, it's Paul again.
There's a mirror there.
Lovely mirror there.
Brilliant! Oh, I love that.
-I love this because, I tell you what, we can repaint those...
-..we can upcycle those.
-Well, that's what I thought.
-Irina will love that. We'll take the pot.
And the dogs don't bother you?
No, they're best buddies. They play.
Oh, the dogs look after you.
-Thank you very much.
You are very welcome, good luck.
See you at the party, hopefully. Bring your wife along.
-Yeah, thanks very much.
-And you can watch your stuff being sold off!
And then go, "Oh, no!"
I've got this chair for a start.
Oh, my word.
-It's old, but it's my husband's grandfather's.
Hello. What's the story behind this chair?
It's my grandfather's.
It was one of 12 dining chairs and that was all that was left,
so we thought we'd have it, but we don't want it now.
It's a lovely chair. I think Irina has hit the jackpot here.
And that's not all.
Ian and Jill have dug out even more treasures.
These Victorian-style candleholders
are made of pressed glass.
Pressed glass is moulded, not blown,
and was first used in the 1820s to make door knocks.
And in the summer house, would you believe it? More treasure for us.
An old camera.
Oh, my word.
So who owned this, then?
This is a twin lens camera and they're quite collectable.
A basic one like this is worth around £20,
but if you found a rare model made by Rolleiflex,
it could make £1,000.
Are you going down there in a minute?
Yeah, I'm going down there, that's our van.
Now, what's your name?
-My name's Paul. Did you get a flyer through your door?
-I did, yes.
-Can you help us out?
-He lives in there, I'll be seeing you in a minute.
You carry on with that and I'll see you in a minute.
That's very good of you.
I got a nice kiss there.
We're going upstairs. Come on, then.
-What is in there?
It's a glass...
..TV corner unit.
Brilliant. All we've got to do is get it down the stairs.
-Well, that's easy enough.
-That's easy enough, isn't it?
Let me test the stairs out.
Have a look at this.
Oh, yeah, they're all right. Here we go!
You don't mind old dogs, do you?
-I love old dogs.
-I know you do.
-And mine is old.
-Oh, I've had old dogs.
Oh, don't get up, the legs are gone.
-Oh, don't get up, stay down, stay down, stay down, stay down.
Good girl, stay down, stay down.
Oh, hips have gone.
My German shepherd's back legs went like this.
-Not too bad, but...
-Yes, 13 she was.
-He still goes out for a walk.
-Oh, I know, I know.
Just looks painful.
Oh, crikey, what, all of this?
'Now, I've hit the jackpot at Brian's.'
This is lovely, it's Picquot Ware.
You can see it's all machine turned.
And it's all quality.
When you flip the lid, you feel that.
That's good British engineering.
It's great manufacturing.
But it's so typical, it's so evocative of the '30s to '50s.
It's a nice thing, it's a really nice thing. But it's got the look.
With the tray as well, I think that's really nice, that's good,
contemporary 20th-century British modern at its very best.
I love it. I think we could stick that into the auction
with a value of around £60-£80 and hopefully get that.
-Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
-A lot of stamps.
I don't know if... These boxes...
There's stamps and there's...
-..coins in here.
Good for you.
'Brian is donating his collection of stamps,
'first-day covers and medallions.'
I think we put all of this here, all of this collection, all of that,
that and that into the auction as one lot,
and we'll let the auctioneer sort that out, OK?
Because there are collectors out there
that will search online for those.
Thank you so much.
You've been so helpful.
And bye-bye, you, as well.
You are gorgeous.
'But just when I thought it couldn't get any better,
'there's one last surprise.'
"I have some toys, etc on the grass if they are of any use to you.
That looks like toys.
Kids' toys, kids' games in really, really good condition.
I see 50p, £1, £2, that's fantastic.
Two bikes. A little doll's buggy.
Let's pick up some of these and put them in the car.
"Lots of love, Paul Martin."
I will put that through their door, let them know that we've got it,
it's all safe and it's going up for sale.
It's time to have a look at everything Irina and I have found
and work out what we can send to a saleroom auction.
Someone is already sniffing around our treasure.
First, I've got an upcycling project for Irina.
Now, look at this, something for you.
That's bevelled glass, so it's a quality mirror.
-It's a good size for a hall or bedroom.
-I know, I know.
I could do something really funky with that.
-I like this. The amount of cats we've seen today...
-Tilt top table.
-Fantastic, isn't it?
-Has it got its tilt top?
-Yes, it has.
-Yes, it has, hasn't it?
-The mechanisms... Let's put that into the saleroom.
Yeah, tell me about this.
Well, they're just sort of commemorative coins
collected in the '70s, stamps from the last 50 years,
-first-day issues, all that kind of thing.
Yeah, I think we might have missed something, actually.
Look what I picked up.
This, apparently, is over 100 years old.
Yeah, that's an Edwardian copy of the Queen Anne chair. That's nice.
'Queen Anne-style furniture has a curvy look,
'often with these lovely S-shaped cabriole legs.'
Shall we put that into the saleroom?
-I think so.
-Yes, let's put that into the saleroom as well.
-Let's see what it does. Let's see what we get for that.
And these are our walking sticks.
You can let me sell one and we'll put one into the saleroom.
Why not, and compare the prices?
OK, go on, then, which one are you going to sell in the saleroom?
Oh, I don't know, you pick. I'm partial to both of them.
I will take this one.
'So, we're upcycling the mirror and sending several items
'to the saleroom, including Chris and Lynn's trunk,
'the table, the walking stick and the tea set.'
'Everything else will go to the pop-up auction
'and the bric-a-brac stalls.
'I think we've both done brilliantly,
'but what we need to know is, who's come out on top?'
Paul, put it there.
You are the winner for today.
It's the day of our street auction.
We've only got a few hours to get this place ready.
We've got to unload our rummaged finds...
Forgot the pushchair!
..set up our stalls and transform the street into a street party.
Everyone is pitching in to help.
Well, nearly everyone.
Hi. Are you coming to our street party later?
I'm going to try to.
Chris and Lynn's family, friends and neighbours have turned out in force
to help us reach our target.
-Good morning, volunteers. ALL:
Well, I've got a good feeling about today,
but most of you know who this is for.
We are going to keep our voices down because Chris and Lynn will be here
throughout the day helping out.
OK? So, we need to keep them here,
we need to keep them entertained but also keep them in the dark.
No-one must tell them.
Right, good luck.
Good luck, so it's OK, man your stations and get unpacking
all that bric-a-brac and all the craft.
This is really turning into a family affair,
as Lynn's other sister, Daphne, has arrived
with a last-minute donation.
King Charles spaniels. There's a pair, Staffordshire Flatbacks.
Are you sure we can sell these?
-Yes, I'm positive.
-You're giving them to us?
-Oh, thank you so much.
This was pottery for the masses.
And it's called a flatback because these two dogs were meant to go
on the mantelpiece with their backs against the wall,
because if I turn them around...
..they're not finished or decorated,
so always known as Staffordshire Flatbacks.
These are hollow.
In order for them to stop exploding,
you always have a little hole in the back, which lets the air out.
And looking at the base,
you can see there's a nice bit of wear on the foot.
So these look to me as if they are around about 1890, 1900 -
sort of the end of the Victorian period.
'In a saleroom auction, they could make around £100,
'but I'll be selling them on our pop-up rostrum,
'so I hope one of our local dog lovers digs deep.
'And the donations keep rolling in.'
Look, I know it's a bit small for me, but I tell you what,
somebody has just dropped this off...
..and I know I can sell this.
This will bring out the wheeler-dealer in me.
It's so inspiring to see a whole community come together
to support their own.
And talking of inspiration, remember Ivor's black mirror?
Look how Irina has transformed it.
I remember that.
-Did it have just a solid...
-It was. That's it.
..dark black frame?
Yes, it was quite depressing.
It wasn't natural wood,
so I couldn't bring out the natural grains by sanding it.
So I thought the best coverage would be to stick some wallpaper on it,
which is a decoupage technique.
Yes, it's quite fun, but time-consuming.
-You just go mad.
-I think that's really cool.
And I love the fact it's a cube,
-and I think that makes it funky.
It's got a transition between a schoolboy's bedroom
and a funky office.
-And I tell you what, I'm going to feel great selling that.
And hopefully we'll find a good home for it and a great price.
Time for a progress check on the stalls.
It's looking great, Sue.
Brilliant, Terry, you've done a good job. Someone has pinched a carrot.
Hang on, I've found it.
Oh, you see, it's a good job I'm here looking at things, isn't it?
He's getting it sorted.
So you're pretty OK with prices, are you?
-You know what you're doing? It's all stickered up?
I've spotted something on the bric-a-brac stall
I think should really be in the pop-up auction.
I love dogs, and he's got a really sad face
which says, "Come on, come and buy me,
"give me some love." Condition is absolutely brilliant.
I love this treacle glaze, absolutely love it.
'Treacleware is a name for any earthenware
'covered in a shiny brown glaze.
'It's made into everything from tourist souvenirs to tea sets.'
In fact, you could keep doggy treats in there.
Yeah, it's a doggy treat jar.
It's got £3 on it from the bric-a-brac.
I reckon I could get £9 for that.
Local dance troupe Jazz On Tap have arrived to entertain the crowd,
and even Chris's old mates from the fire station are here.
It's been a race against time but now we're ready to throw a party.
I tell you what, I was worried two hours ago.
I really was genuinely worried.
-Now you're smiling.
-Now I'm smiling, now I'm feeling confident.
Look at this. The fire brigade have turned up,
we've got our dancers here.
-Look at the stalls.
-I mean, just look at this.
They are packed.
We're about to cut the ribbons, so we'll make our way over there.
Everyone is getting in place.
I'm feeling good. Are you feeling good about this?
Yeah, I'm very excited.
-We can do this, can't we?
Let's see if we can smash more than £800.
Word has obviously spread.
We've got a great crowd gathered and grandson Jamie
wouldn't have missed this big day.
-Five, four, three, two, one.
Let's go. CHEERING
How fabulous is that?
This is the community coming together.
This is what it's all about -
people having fun in their own neighbourhood.
It's just brilliant.
We've got some great stuff on these stalls.
Let's start selling.
I think you should buy it now.
-Good storage for wool.
-For wool, perfect.
Yarn, knitting needles.
£2. Thank you very much.
'This community has shown amazing generously to help us throw a party,
'but turns out Ivor has donated his wife's favourite vase by mistake.
'Luckily, they've found it.'
-And now you've bought that back.
-Oh, I'm really sorry.
-But it's all for a good cause.
-Yeah, we bought it back.
And it's lovely to meet you.
-And now we put a face to the whole picture.
-Thank you very much.
-Enjoy the day, won't you?
Thanks very much.
'Chris and Lynn are here, thank goodness.
'Time for me to go into acting mode again.'
I remember now.
Did we go into an outside cellar?
-Yes, we were in the cellar. Yes.
-You got stuck.
I got stuck.
'I think our secret is safe.
'But while everyone is enjoying the entertainment,
'I'm going to check in with Sharon and her family.'
-How are you all feeling?
-Nervous and excited.
Same here. Do you think we'll have tears from Dad at the end?
Absolutely. I guarantee there will be.
She will look at you, won't she? And she will go,
"Yeah, I knew it."
Do you know that? She will, won't she?
-Yeah, Mum will probably be calm...
..pleased. Dad will be very emotional.
He knows his grandad well.
I know he does. Yes, yes.
Well, I'll see you a little bit later on after the auction, OK?
But I've got work to do, more money to find.
That's two for £1, wow!
Thank you. Thank you very much.
-How much for this?
-Oh, I would say £1.
-Thank you so much.
The refreshment stalls are doing a roaring trade.
Purse is out, purse is out. You going to buy anything else?
I think we'll have a go on some of the stalls.
Now, that's smelling really good.
'Welcome to the Great British Crepe Off.'
LAUGHTER Turn it over.
I think we'll be giving that one away.
'Trust me, it tastes better than it looks.'
Well, Chris was an ex-fireman
so it's wonderful that the Nailsea Fire Brigade have turned up.
-Hi, all right?
-Oh, look at that.
-You've been busy.
-We've been taking donations to have a go on the hose.
Well, so far, Chris hasn't twigged, so that's good.
-Do you know him?
-I don't personally know Chris,
but he retired before I joined. But there's loads down our station
who knew him say what a great bloke he was.
Meanwhile, bric-a-brac is flying off the stalls.
But don't forget, we sent a few items off to a saleroom auction.
Our auctioneer is Marc Burridge.
And some of Lynn's family have come along to watch the sale.
First up, it's Chris and Lynn's old chest,
which they didn't realise they were donating to their own cause.
We have this Victorian painted pine carpenter's tool chest there.
What can we say to start me?
40 I have, thank you. And five. At the back.
And 50. Now five.
Go on. 55.
At £55, the back of the room.
Selling on 55, then.
And there's a good result for the tilt top table.
Selling at £30, then.
I've got high hopes for Len's walking stick.
Its estimate is £20-£30.
30 in the corner. Thank you.
35, 38. Look at me, sir, not her.
-I know she's prettier.
And 40. 45. 45.
Thank you. Eight. And 50.
Nice round figure. £50, then.
Now, five. And 60.
And five. £60 the lady has bid in the corner.
Selling at £60, then.
Thank you, madam.
Double its top estimate.
We also sold the cameras...
Selling at £30, then.
..the Queen Anne-style chair...
Selling on the 20.
..and the stamps and medallions.
Near the door there at 50.
Finally, it's my favourite find of the rummage day -
the Picquot Ware tea set.
£55 in the room.
In front of me. 60 bid.
And five. And 70.
At £70, then.
Altogether, our lots raised £375 in the saleroom, which is amazing.
Back on the street, it's nearly my turn on the rostrum,
so it's time for one final push.
There's ten more minutes before the auction starts,
so everything that is for sale on all of the stalls
is now for sale for £1.
Do you want to buy it for £1?
Do you know what? I think I might be tempted.
I had one of these as a little girl.
-It's exactly the same.
-It's not mine, is it?
We're finished on our stall.
Everything has gone.
And another bike gone.
But are we on target to make £800?
We've counted up the cash on the stalls and we've made over £500.
Added to the money from the saleroom,
that means we've reached the magic target already.
So I've given myself a new goal.
Anything more I can raise on the rostrum will go straight
to the drop-in centre, so close to Chris and Lynn's heart.
First up, Len's walking stick.
Who's going to start me off with a bid of £15?
Thank you. 20 anywhere?
I have a maiden bid of 15.
I'm looking for £20 now.
OK. I'm selling at £15.
It's going once, twice, fair warning.
'Next, let's find Daphne's flatbacks a new home.'
Who's going to start me off with a bid of £25?
Thank you, straight in, 25.
30 anywhere? £30.
£30 anywhere? Surely.
Thank you at the back there.
30. You are now in.
It's against you, madam, down on the front row.
Can I take 35?
Thank you, yes, yes.
Now I've got your attention. 35.
40 at the back.
Yes, thank you. £40. 45.
It's against you, sir. 15, no, you are nodding.
£45. I have a bid of 45.
And I'm selling at £45.
It's going once, twice, sold, thank you.
'Now the biscuit barrel I took from the bric-a-brac stall.'
Doggy will love it.
So, who's going to give me a bid of £5?
Come on, animal lovers. Thank you, £5, straight in.
£6 anywhere else?
£6. Thank you. Six, it's against you, madam.
I've got six here. I'm looking for £7 now.
Thank you, £7 is with me.
£7, I have a bid of seven.
Can I take eight anywhere?
I'm selling at £7.
It's going once... Oh, yes, there's a bid of £8.
Thank you very much.
Shout out if I can't see you.
I've got a bid of £8.
It's now against you. Nine, £9, it's against you.
Can I take ten? Ten, thank you, £10.
You are out. OK, I'm selling at £11.
Oh, thank you, £12.
Yes, waving his hand up in the air.
Can I take 15?
Thank you. £15, it's against you, sir.
Are you in or out?
You are in. You are in.
£16. £16. 17.
£18. No, he's out. £17,
and I'm selling at 17.
It's going once, twice, sold.
Thank you. £17.
'Next - the cat gym.'
Thank you. £5 under the tree.
Any further advances on £5?
Six anywhere? Six? Thank you, £6 now.
Still under the tree. £7.
Can I take seven? I'm with you at seven.
Thank you, seven down on the front row.
£7 is with me now and I'm selling at seven.
£8. Thank you. Eight. Do I see nine?
Nine. £10, 11.
11. It's against you, madam.
I've got £11.
Can I take 12? 12.
Can I take 15? 15 might seal the deal.
Thank you. £15 is with me now.
You are out. £15.
And I'm selling once, twice, sold. Thank you, £15.
'Sold to Jason,
'who just happens to be Chris and Lynn's son.
'Next, I've got high hopes for Irina's upcycling.'
So, who's going to start me off with a bid of £20?
Thank you. Two or three hands.
I'll take 20. I'll take 25.
30. Are you in for 30?
£30. Go on, yes.
30, thank you. I've got a bid of 30, it's against you, madam.
35. The hand is still up.
You are out, you are in.
£35 is with me.
40 by the tree. Thank you.
£40 underneath the tree.
You're sheltering from the rain.
I've got £45 now.
One more? 41.
£41 is with me.
Thank you. 43. 44. 44.
Thank you, don't lose it. 45.
£45 is with me.
Any further advances on 45?
You are out. Thank you so much for being the underbidder.
Everyone loves an underbidder.
And I'm selling at £46.
It's going once, twice, sold. Thank you.
'And our final lot, donated by a local company,
'is a brand-new laptop.'
So who's going to start me off with a bid of £50?
Surely. Yes, straight in.
50. 80 anywhere?
80 anywhere? I'm looking for 80.
Thank you, 80. 100. 100 now.
It's against you, madam. I've got £100.
-30. 130, can I make that 150?
Any further advances? 200, thank you.
£200. That's more like it.
Make no mistake, I'm selling, fair warning.
It's going once, twice, sold.
Thank you very much.
And thank you so much.
'It's a great result,
'but just how much have we raised for this amazing cause?'
Initially we set out to raise £800 here today.
Well, I can tell you, with your help...
..we have raised £1,564.
So thank you very much, Nailsea.
You really have done it.
You really have.
'It's time to come clean.'
Now, we have been raising money for a very,
very special couple who've worked
tirelessly and selfishly for other people.
They just do not stop working.
They want to help other people, they don't ask for anything in return.
So, you probably have guessed who it's for.
They still don't know,
they think we're here to raise money for a community project,
but we are not, because...
..Chris and Lynn Baker, we are here for you.
Come here, my darling. All of this...
Come and sit next to your husband.
Come and sit down. All of this
is for you two.
We are here - friends, family, neighbours, loved ones...
..to say a very, very big...
..thank you. That's what this is all about.
A big, big thank you.
You are everybody's champion.
You've changed a lot of people's lives.
You've helped them move on, you really have.
The secret is out now and he's loving it.
We've raised an awful lot of money.
Initially we wanted £800.
With that £800, we are sending you off,
because we know you love your gardening, to the Eden Project -
OK? - for an all-expenses-paid luxury trip in a hotel.
Down to Cornwall to get some inspiration from the Eden Project.
You would like that, wouldn't you?
Lovely, yeah. Wonderful.
'And I've got another surprise for them.
'Something for the football team Chris used to coach.'
Read this out.
Cos we know you love your football.
"Chris Baker Fair Play Award."
This is the Chris Baker Fair Play Award, because we know Chris
loves his football. So this is going to an outstanding player every year,
so your name will live on, OK?
-Oh, that's all right.
You'll make me cry now.
We kept it a secret.
I'd like to thank everybody, everybody here and nobody told me,
nobody let out. Especially my mate who was here just now. He's gone.
I don't know where he's gone.
But if it wasn't for this lady here, who has pushed me...
I didn't need to push you. I didn't push you at all.
I don't know.
That's all I can say.
-Look, what you've been through...
-It's a brilliant day.
What you've been through in your life, you are an inspiration
to everybody, you really are.
-You really are.
-So thank you very much.
And you are a true champion,
so I think three cheers for Chris and Lynn.
-Three cheers, hip-hip... ALL:
There you are. Enjoy the rest of the street party.
This is all about you, this is your day. Just enjoy it.
I think we all did a really good job. They didn't have a clue.
And they think it's just worked out fab.
Couldn't have been better, could it?
The whole day has been absolutely wonderful.
They are completely shocked, completely surprised,
really proud, really proud of everything they've done.
I hope you've enjoyed the show.
Keep watching because hopefully we are in a street near you soon,
and this auction could be about you.
Chris and Lynn spent a luxurious few days in Cornwall
and enjoyed a VIP tour of the amazing Eden Project.
And it's given them lots of inspiration for their garden.
Neighbours turn out to surprise a Somerset couple who have used their own experience of disability to help others. Presenters Paul Martin and Irina Aggrey collect donated items to sell at a street auction on their doorstep.