Teapot Trust are honoured to be chosen as a beneficiary of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Christmas Card 2017. The card features a beautiful painting entitled ‘Say it with a kiss!’ by Teapot Trust patron John Byrne.

We are excited to announce that the original artwork will be auctioned on Saturday 22nd September 2018, and the proceeds shared between four charities, including Teapot Trust!

Teapot Trust would spend the proceeds from the auction on continuing to provide art therapy and creative interventions in hospitals, to support the wellbeing of chronically ill children, young people and their families. Our work aims to build resilience in children with chronic illness by encouraging them to express emotions, mentally overcome the challenges linked to their condition and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

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Dr Laura N Young MBE, charity co-founder, has been shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year category in Yorkshire, North East and Scotland for The Forward Ladies National Awards. These Awards recognise the achievements of business women throughout the UK and dedicate themselves to encouraging the growth and celebration of successful women.

Scottish charity, Teapot Trust was founded by Laura and Dr John Young in 2010 to provide art therapy for children with chronic illness in hospitals, with a specific focus on children suffering from rheumatological conditions. Laura and John set up the charity after seeing the gaps in their daughter Verity’s care, when she suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE Lupus) and cancer before her tragic death at the age of eight in 2009. Verity spent much of her young life coping with her illnesses, daily medicine regime and the effects that her treatments had on her. Art provided a way for Verity to express herself, as well as serving as a coping mechanism.

Art therapy can build resilience in children with chronic illness, providing an alternative way to express their emotions, a distraction from their conditions, or even just a chance to engage in something different whilst waiting for blood tests, appointments and medication.

Dr Laura Young said, “I am hugely honoured to have been nominated for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year category with the FL National Awards. It is marvellous to be shortlisted for such a prestigious business award. The art therapists are at the core of our work and their expert care keeps children going, but in the background the charity office keeps our services funded. The charity wouldn’t be here without them, so thank you to the office staff for keeping our “company” going.”

“Teapot Trust provides a friendly and supportive art therapy service to help both children and families cope with long term conditions that are often hidden. Children may be on quite strong daily drugs and have many visits to hospital, feeling life is unfair and “why me”? Teapot Trust art therapists are able to help them with this.”

Today, Teapot Trust is Scotland’s largest employer of art therapists with 20 art therapists, running 23 projects in 10 towns and cities, from Inverness to the Borders. It has also expanded into England, with art therapists supporting children at hospitals in London and Liverpool. A further 7 services are in development to begin shortly, many of them involving research to help build an evidence base for art therapy for children in hospitals.

Dr Laura N Young MBE is an extraordinary woman, whose own experience has provided her with the inspiration to make a huge difference to parents and families nationwide. This is a feat that we should all take great encouragement from. Laura’s pioneering work in establishing, running and rapidly growing Teapot Trust has been recognised by a wide range of people and bodies. In 2015 Prime Minister David Cameron named Laura and husband John Points of Light, an award reserved for those who contribute greatly to society. Later that year, Laura received an honorary doctorate from Queen Margaret University and in 2016 was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to chronically ill children in Scotland. In the same year Laura was awarded Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year 2016.

At the end of June this year, to mark the occasion of the NHS at 70, Laura attended a Downing Street Roundtable with other Points of Lights award holders to talk about NHS Charity and Volunteer working.

Teapot Trust is proud to announce that it will have a major presence at the upcoming annual BSPAR (British Paediatric & Adolescent Rheumatology) Conference – the dedicated conference for paediatric and adolescent rheumatology in the UK, taking place 17-19 October.

We are excited to announce that Dr Kristin Leith, who oversees the Teapot Trust Research Programme, will be giving a presentation on the Conference’s Research Day, 19 October 2018. She will be speaking on the challenges of producing evidence-based research on the efficacy of early intervention arts therapy in paediatric rheumatology departments.

The charity will have an Exhibition Stand at the Conference, where Teapot Trust art therapists Emily Farrugia and Dr Patricia Watts will be available to chat and provide information about our services. Emily will also have two posters displayed at the Conference. 

This is a great opportunity for Teapot Trust to learn about new developments in the field and the current issues that patients face, and to get valuable feedback on its programmes from Clinicians and other Health Professionals working on the front lines of paediatric and adolescent rheumatology.

Watch this space as well as our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages for live updates from the event!


Photographer credit: Colin Hattersley

Founder and CEO of Teapot Trust Dr Laura N Young MBE has met with Joanne Somerville, an Associate Professor/Medical Educator and Discipline Coordinator Division of Paediatrics and Child Health. Together they visited the charity’s art therapy service at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. Joanne travelled from the University of Western Australia, Perth to discuss a potential collaboration.

Teapot Trust is a UK charity providing a nationwide programme of art therapy and creative interventions for chronically ill children in hospitals. Since being founded in 2010 by Laura and John Young, Teapot Trust has a team of professional art therapists working across Scotland and England, and is appreciated by children and clinicians alike.

In almost eight years Teapot Trust has gone from a small Scottish charity to now branching out across the UK, with this visit highlighting potential growth internationally. Joanne’s work links with Perth Children’s Hospital, which sees approximately 250,00 inpatient and outpatient visits each year. Joanne is interested in the development of a Teapot Trust art therapy project for the new hospital, as well as exploring research in this area.

Speaking about the first step in this collaboration, Laura said “I am delighted to have this amazing international visitor and hear about her work with children and young people. Joanne’s interest in our work is a huge compliment to Teapot Trust and it is great to begin sharing ideas”.

After her visit, Joanne said “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Laura and her team during my visit to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. It was inspiring to see first-hand the amazing work Teapot Trust is doing to reduce stress and anxiety in chronically ill children and their families requiring hospital care. It was great to be able to explore some ideas for research into the benefits of art therapy and explore the prospect of a collaboration with Teapot Trust to bring art therapy to the children of Western Australia”.

We are excited to announce that on Saturday 8th December 2018, Teapot Trust are hosting a Christmas Craft Fair at the Columcille Centre in Morningside. We are opening up applications for artists, designers and makers who would like to sell their products at one of our stands.

For more information, including participation fee, email Kirsty on Please send a link to your website or portfolio and some information about yourself by Wednesday 13th June 2018 at the latest.

If you wouldn’t like a stand, but would like to attend, we would love to see you there on the day!

Meet our new mascot, Philip McCuppa!

If you fancy taking on a challenge whilst supporting a great cause this year, why not sign up for The Kiltwalk? We have started recruiting ‘Team Teapot’ and would love for you to join us.

You can choose from 4 different cities (Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh), as well as the distance you walk, making it accessible to all levels. Thanks to The Hunter Foundation, charities will also receive 140% of all fundraising!

Teapot Trust would like to offer free places to support us on The Kiltwalk if you contact us to receive your free registration code by the 25th of April. If you contact us after this date, but before the 12th of May, we will pay 50% of your registration fee. What better reason to sign up today!

To get in touch and for more information email us on



We would like to say a huge thank you to the Events Management students at Queen Margaret University for fundraising for the Teapot Trust through their art exhibition, ‘In the Eye of the Beholder’. The exhibition was a great success and raised a fantastic sum for Teapot Trust!

This month we were lucky enough to have a merchandise stand at Edinburgh Yarn Festival! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to say hello and bought our merchandise. It was great to meet so many of you and we had an amazing time, whilst raising money for the Teapot Trust and much needed awareness.

We even bought along our new and exclusive sheep tea towel, designed by one of our incredibly talented young artists. If you missed out at EYF, you can find this on our online shop.

Check out our Facebook page for lots more photos from the event!

This January, Teapot Trust are delighted to launch our Sandy Starfish crowdfunding campaign!

‘Sandy the Starfish Visits Doctor Dolphin’ was written by our founders and aims to reduce children’s fears about visiting a doctor and enable young children to make sense of what is happening. We want to make Sandy’s story into a stop motion animation which parents can show their children at home before attending an appointment or which can be viewed in hospital waiting rooms across the country.

We are so grateful to everyone who supports this campaign, whether by donating or by sharing it with their friends and families via email or on social media.

Check out Sandy’s page HERE!

If you would like to know about Sandy or our crowdfunding campaign, please contact