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We were so excited to celebrate our 4th birthday at The George Hotel on the 30th of October with some of our supporters. Thank you everyone who came along and made it a fantastic night! Check out the photos on our Facebook page.

Laura with Ronan Keating and Keith Duffy

Laura Young, our founder, has won the coveted Tesco Charitable Mum of the Year award. The Tesco Mum of the Year awards honour women who go above and beyond the call of duty to help others and are a wonderful way to recognise ordinary mums who do extraordinary things. We are all so pround of Laura for this wonderful achievment and for the national recognition of all she has achieved at the Teapot Trust. Read more about Laura on the Tesco Living website.

Thank you so much to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty, for her continued support of the Teapot Trust. The Lord Provost visited our Yorkhill art-as-therapy project on Friday to present a cheque to Laura Young. The £4,500 donation will ensure this valuable drop-in service can continue in Glasgow and provide more children with the opportunity to access art therapy at Yorkhill Hospital. The money was raised through a fundraising evening at Haggs Castle Golf Club last year so thank you to all our golfing supporters who have shown such generosity and interest in the Teapot Trust.

Beth Robertson, one of our art therapists in Dundee, has had a painting accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy! We displayed her work in our booth at the Edinburgh Art Fair and were delighted by the response it provoked. It is wonderful that she has received this prestigious national recognition.

Beth has asked to say a few words:
“Thank you to everyone at the Teapot Trust for your ongoing support both as an art psychotherapist and an artist. You are a great charity to work for and I want to celebrate this achievement with you. I’d also like to thank Laura Heraty (Teapot Trust art therapist in Edinburgh) for her support- her desire to display my work has been touching’

Well done Beth and thank you for all of the work you do for the Teapot Trust.

Our founder Laura Young attended the annual BSPAR (British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology) conference in Dublin earlier this month. She was particularly pleased that health care professionals from Scotland noted that thanks to the Teapot Trust the number of children refusing treatment has decreased in the last few years. Children suffering from rheumatological conditions often have to undergo frequent painful injections and art therapy helps both to distract and soothe children before these stressful events. It was so gratifying to hear that the work of our art therapists in hospitals across Scotland really makes a difference to the day to day lives of children with chronic illness.

Laura Young and Dr John C Taylor of Tea Pot Trust at BSPAR Dublin 2013

Laura Young and Dr John C. Taylor enjoying a cup of tea at BSPAR

Running from Dunglass to Musselburgh along the John Muir way, Paddy Cuthbert, Joss Mitchell and Rob Begg sprinted past the finishing line looking like they’d just had a short stroll along the beach! We are so proud of their achievement and very grateful for all the funds that they have raised to support our art therapy work. Well done lads!

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On Wednesday 4th September the Teapot Trust was very fortunate to be invited, as one of three beneficiary charities, to the Glasgow Lord Provost’s golf event at Haggs Castle Golf Club. Trustee Richard Bent attended on behalf of the Teapot Trust and spoke to the competitors about the work of the trust and our plans for the future. Following the meal, the golfers were treated to a charity auction and prize giving by comedian Andy Cameron.

We would like to thank the Lord Provost for selecting the Trust as one of the charities for the day.

The Edinburgh Blood Transfusion Services Annual Donor Award Ceremony took place last week at the prestigious City Chambers. We were once again delighted to present the Teapot Trust Award for outstanding contributions to blood donation. The Teapot Trust Award 2013 was presented to Craigmount High School who provides the highest percentage of new donors in SE Scotland. Blayne Beck of Craigmount High School accepted the beautiful teapot award from Laura Young at the ceremony.BTS Annual Donor Award

Well done and many thanks to Scooby Doo (aka Bill), Gill & Janine for running the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for the Teapot Trust.

Bill Appleby Gill ApplebyEvery penny counts to keeping the art therapy service going – we need to raise £115,000 this year to keep all our projects going. Your contribution means so much.