HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Emma Bridgewater factory

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits Emma Bridgewater factory

Feb 19, 2015
Yesterday our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, along with EACH staff members, visited the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent to see the progress of a range of mugs that have been produced in support of the nook appeal to build a brand new hospice in Framingham Earl, Norfolk. 
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On her arrival, The Duchess was given a tour of the factory by owner Emma Bridgewater, before being shown the handmade mugs by Emma and her husband Matthew Rice. £5 from the sale of each Emma Bridgewater mug will directly benefit the nook appeal which was launched in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in November 2014.

It was an action packed visit; while at the factory The Duchess learnt more about the traditional Staffordshire earthenware pottery and even had a go at painting the ladybird design onto one of their mugs. Most of the production is still done by hand; using traditional techniques which was demonstrated to The Duchess by one of Emma Bridgewater’s staff members.

Children from the local Children’s Hospice, The Donna Louise, met Her Royal Highness and Chloe, who is 16 and received support from Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, presented her painting of the Lake District to The Duchess.
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Before leaving the Emma Bridgewater factory, The Duchess unveiled a commemorative plaque which included the two designs featured on the mugs.

The mugs are available to pre-order from from , 18 February 2015, and will be available from Emma Bridgewater shops in London and Stoke and website from Monday 2nd March. They will also be available to purchase from Jarrold in Norwich from Monday 2nd March. The prices are as follows: Ladybirds ½ Pint Mug £19.95 with a £5 donation, Ladybirds and Insects & Flowers boxed pair £39.95 with a £10 donation and Ladybirds Baby Mug £15.95 with a £5 donation.

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  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
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  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX