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.

SINGLE USE ONLY. ©Phil Rider. Lighthouse Images. Forde Court, Watery Lane, Budlake,  Nr. Exeter, Devon, EX5 3JS. T: 01392 881193   M: 07836 351298 E:  or W: W: www.philriderphotogThe Teapot Trust welcomed Lord and Lady Selkirk, and the Deputy Lieutenant for the City of Glasgow, to an art therapy session at Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill on 21 May 2013.

Laura Young, our founder, commented:  “It’s been such a great honour that during such a busy week, Their Graces have been able to visit The Teapot Trust and hear about our project.”

We were delighted to welcome Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost of Glasgow, to one of our art therapy projects at RHSC Glasgow (Yorkhill) on April 26th.

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Ms Docherty talked with children and parents who attended
one of our sessions, and met some of our art therapists and our founder, Laura Young.
She was presented with a decorated teapot by two of the
children and remarked on how much she had enjoyed her

Third Year Mary Erskine Torridon House Students with Charity Founder, Laura Young and Art Therapist, Laura Heraty

Third Year Mary Erskine Torridon House Students with Charity Founder, Laura Young and Art Therapist, Laura Heraty

“I draw to communicate. I draw to stimulate. I draw to relax. I draw for fun. I draw to express. We all draw to change lives.”

These are the inspiring words of a remarkable group of young Mary Erskine students who have decided to give a very special gift this Christmas.

Through donating a collection of beautiful artwork they have spent the past two months creating the third year students of Mary Erskine’s Torridon House wish to offer the gift of friendship, support, understanding and wellbeing to children struggling with chronic illness at Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital.

Minister's visit

Minister’s visit

Public Health Minister Helps Teapot Trust Celebrate 1st Birthday

The Teapot Trust was delighted to receive a visit from Michael Matheson, Public Health Minister, at one of their art therapy clinics in Edinburgh Sick Kids in celebration of the charity’s 1st Birthday.

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped us reach this special milestone.

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