Sometimes all you need is a hug!

Our Hug in a Box is a perfect way to show someone you care.

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.     

Leo Buscaglia

Having to live with any health or disability issues can be exhausting both physically and mentally. Add into the mix running a business or holding down a job and it can leave you fatigued and tired. It can also cause sensory overload and leave you struggling to overcome the physical effort of getting to and from work, or sometimes just through a day.

Does that sound familiar?

As a disabled entrepreneur myself I understand the struggles and difficulties that come from running a business and trying to do ALL THE THINGS.

Regardless of who you are, what you do, or where you live, sometimes all you need is a hug. And if you are running your own business, working hard, looking after your family or living with chronic health issues or disabilities, then a hug can make all the difference.

Because we believe that everyone deserves a hug, here at Tudor Rose we have been busy sourcing some fantastic content for our new product – A Hug in a Box.

What’s Inside

As the name suggests, our hug in a box is a box packed full of gorgeous items and information to help you, or someone you know, get through the day. It provides relief from any day to day health issues, or simply encourages you to take some time out to recharge. In short, it’s a collection of items guaranteed to give you that hygge feeling.

A compilation of photos showing an insight into the contents of the HIAB including tea, stress balls and soothing balms

Each box contains at least 5 quality products hand-picked to nurture, inspire and support self-care.  Each item is picked specifically to make you feel good, encourage you to get creative or simply relax and have fun.

Who do you know that would benefit from a wonderful feel-good Hug in A Box?

A hug is an amazing thing. It’s just the perfect way to show the love we’re feeling but can’t find the words to say.

Johnny Ray Ryder

Take care

Jane x


My earliest memories

These are probably from age 3, living with my fabulous Grandparents in Blackpool when Mum was working. Lots of walks in my 1960 big pram along the prom, playing on the beach, visits to the pleasure beach, being spoilt. Living the dream. What more could a little girl want? If anyone remembers the laughing clown at the Pleasure Beach, I always got very upset and cried when I saw it. Why?

At this age I still wasn’t able to walk, so there were lots of trips to physio appointments. Shoes just the same as I wear now, and having to go to bed in them, with a metal bar across from ankle to the other. Mum always made me get to things myself around the home. A brilliant strategy it seems to have been.

Celebrity and innovation

Mum was busy as a young Mum with a disabled child, learning, being so strong, and proactive in sourcing the best of everything for me. Wanting me to have a good education, walk and be independent. Looking back, this was very brave and positive of Mum in the 60s, after being told by doctors a bleak future, I would never walk etc.

When I was 4 I started a special school. I remember the learning wasn’t great at first as I could read and write before school. I walked with shoes and calipers, just like today, and had two wooden tripod sticks with horses heads. I called them whisky and soda! Who knows where those names came from. Mum would take me for a walk for what seemed such a long way. It was probably only half a mile at most. We went into St Annes centre. There I was smiled at by the public like I was a celebrity. Due largely to Mum’s charity work supporting other families with children like me, and efforts towards my progress, we were in the newspaper, and in the Round Table, or Mayor’s parade, in a horse and carriage along the Prom. Me dressed up and waving like the Queen.

My step Dad put his practical mind to converting a tricycle foot pedals to hand controls. This gave me the same freedom to get about and play with friends, just like the of kids nearby. I remember being quite forward. When new people moved into the very near area, I knocked on the door and asked if they had children I could play with. Not sure where that early boldness has gone.

At this early age, I am sure this is where my ‘can do’ attitude must come from. The positive attitude of my Mum and step Dad, and their strength and approach has been key to the positive outcome of where I am today, and how I deal with the challenges life throws at us.

More of my early years story next time.



Welcome to our new Blog

Where it all began. A little town in Lancashire.

Birch Hill Hospital, sadly the original no longer standing, was where it all started in the 1960s. The place this little baby girl Jane was born 6lb 9oz. It is thanks to medical advances of the time, and a strong family, that having Spina Bifida I am here today.

Through this blog you will get a little insight into my journeys, to where I am today. Locations, significant life events, what has shaped what I do. Some highs, some lows, all apart of full tapestry of life. Enjoy, and feel free to comment and be a part of the journey.

Jane x