03 August 2009
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The demise of the historic Waterford Wedgwood company earlier this year, 250 years after its founding, came as a massive blow to collectors everywhere.
But now stock rescued from the foundering company is allowing connoisseurs to complete their collections and raising much needed funds for charity.
Items from some of the company’s most sought after brands – including Royal Doulton, Minton and Clarice Cliff – are going on sale in 25 British Red Cross shops across the country.
“This really is a coup for the British Red Cross, and great for the thousands of Wedgwood enthusiasts who still cherish the brand,” said Paul Thompson, head of retail for the British Red Cross.
“It’s sad that the credit crunch claimed such a historic British company, but I think people will be glad to see that its goods are helping the British Red Cross continue its work helping vulnerable people in the UK and around the world, despite the recession.”
The Red Cross shop in Romsey, Hampshire, is staging a special sale day on Thursday, August 6, when plates, cups, saucers and more will be up for grabs at discount prices.
Shop manager Teresa Goulding is expecting the event to be a hit with collectors and her regular customers.
“If people have beloved but incomplete Wedgewood or Royal Doulton collections, this could be their last opportunity to complete them,” she said.
“At the same time, this is also a chance for anyone to come along and pick themselves up a piece of history at a very reasonable price, and support a fantastic cause.”
Clare Blenkinsop was given Wedgwood Mason cups and saucers as a wedding present 25 years ago but has always wanted to complete the collection.
She said: “When the company went under in January I thought my chance had gone, but now, 25 years later, it looks like I will finally get to complete my tea set!”
Notes to editors
> For more information contact Mark South on 0207 877 7042.
> The British Red Cross provides a whole host of valuable services in our local communities, including equipment loan, first aid training and provision, fire and emergency support and much more. For details see www.redcross.org.uk/nearyou
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.