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Our aim is to continue to expand the charity and reach as many ill children as we can.

Today, Cockenzie-based charity the Teapot Trust started providing art therapy to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals.

This is the latest milestone in the charity’s remarkable success story.

Laura and John Young founded the Teapot Trust in 2010 after seeing the gaps in the care of their daughter Verity, who suffered from Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE) and also cancer before her tragic death in 2009.

The Teapot Trust has since expanded rapidly to deliver support to children in medical environments in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Aberdeen and Kinross.

In 2013 the charity provided open group art therapy to 2,682 children and one-on-one therapy to 32 children across Scotland.

It employs 11 sessional art therapists and has an office based team of one full-time and two part-time staff.
The charity supports those suffering from rheumatological illnesses in particular.

Laura said, “What we’ve achieved in Scotland over the last four years makes me incredibly proud.

“We owe the success of the Teapot Trust to the dedication of our team and to so much wonderful feedback from families with sick children.

“Our next challenge is to expand outside of Scotland. Being given the opportunity to contribute to Great Ormond Street’s work shows that we have become a mainstream charity.

“We are reaching more of the children who need our help the most, but our job isn’t finished. Our aim is to continue to expand the charity and reach as many ill children as we can.”

With Laura’s ambition and an expert team of art therapists, the Teapot Trust is going from strength to strength.

However, it does not receive any statutory or NHS funding and is reliant on the generosity of individual donors and grants from trusts and foundations.


About Art Therapy

The Teapot Trust provides professional art therapy to children with chronic illnesses in medical settings. With a particular remit to help children with rheumatological conditions the Teapot Trust art therapists work in outpatient clinics, hospital wards, mental health services and hospices. Long term health problems can cause anxiety, anger or upset for children and their families and may be difficult to talk about. Art therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety in clinics and before blood tests as children don’t always have the words to describe how they feel. Making art often gives them the ability to share worries non-verbally, helping children gain confidence, feel more in control and cope with their condition.

All of the Trust’s art therapists are clinically qualified with postgraduate level training and extensive experience of working with children. They are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists.

The Teapot Trust offers three models of Art Therapy:

Group Art-therapy

This is an innovative and pioneering service that runs in hospital Outpatient Departments. Any child attending clinic can come to our art table to paint, draw, collage or model clay and engage with an art therapist if they wish. The group helps to reduce anxiety before medical procedures as well as providing a safe space for children to express feelings about their illness that may be difficult to talk about.

Small Group Art Therapy

The Teapot Trust offers small group art therapy for 3 – 5 children who may require more help and support. These children include:
- Paediatric rheumatology patients who are having difficulty with treatment and may be refusing medication.
- Paediatric oncology patients who are dealing with severe stages of their illness on a hospital ward.
- Children who are living with grief and loss after the death of a sibling.

1:1 Art Therapy

Children can also be referred by clinicians to a Teapot Trust Art Therapist for 1:1 art therapy sessions. 1:1 art therapy helps children to adjust and adapt to their illness and its treatment regime and build the resilience to cope with the emotional strain that often accompanies it.

Art therapy works particularly well with children who find it difficult to express themselves verbally and can create transformational change in a child’s life.

1:1Distraction Art Therapy

For children having infusions i.e. medicine via a canular/drip (e.g. chemo or biological drugs) an art therapist will sit and work with a child

Where we work

The Teapot Trust runs up to three art therapy projects a day and currently works alongside other medical professionals in the following locations:

RHSC (‘Sick Kids’), Edinburgh
RHSC (‘Yorkhill’), Glasgow
Tayside Children’s Hospital (‘Ninewells’), Dundee
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
CHAS Rachel House Hospice, Kinross
Art workshops for the teen and young adult cancer sufferers in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Group work for the, CAMHS, Young Persons Unit, Edinburgh.
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

The Teapot Trust has exciting plans for further development across the UK in the future.

For further information please contact George Murdoch on 07834 643 977 or email or contact Tina Fotherby on 07703 409 622 or email

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