Our History

The Teapot Trust was set up in 2010 by Laura and John Young, following the death of their daughter Verity. Verity spent much of her short life in hospital coping with illness and managing the effects that her treatment (first for Lupus and then for cancer) had upon her young body. Art gave Verity a way of expressing herself and was an essential coping strategy for the whole family, so the Young’s wanted to help other children and families in the same situation.

Verity sketch and quote

The first art therapy service began in 2011 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (‘Sick Kids’) in Edinburgh and due to increased demand has continued to grow year on year.

Why the Teapot Trust?

We are called The Teapot Trust to symbolise the support, friendship, security, discussion, ‘rest-bite’ and relief that a cup of tea provides. Verity loved ‘proper’ tea (complete with a teapot and cake!) and we want to offer metaphorical cups of tea to people like her and their families who so desperately need support and comfort.