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

If you want to challenge yourself this year as well as help Teapot Trust raise some much needed funds, then the Kiltwalk is for you!

Kiltwalks take place in 4 different Scottish cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and you can choose from a Mighty Stride (approx. 26 miles), a Big Stroll (approx. 13 miles) or a Wee Wander (approx. 6 miles) so there is a Kiltwalk for everyone!

Thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation, your chosen charity will receive 140% of the sponsorship money you raise! These much needed funds will help provide art therapy to chronically ill children across the country.

Sign up HERE!

Of course, an event of this size wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the wonderful volunteers, the Kilties! From keeping walkers spirits up to making sure they don’t wander off course, the Kilties are an essential part of every Kiltwalk! Plus, for every hour they volunteer, £1.10 is donated to their chosen charity! Find out more here.


Do you ever feel the need to just cheer for all the worthy causes there is out there??

Now is your chance!

Starbucks have joined forces with Neighbourly to award some lucky UK charities grants of £2,000!

You can ‘cheer’ for the Teapot Trust by:

  • Tweet using our Twitter handle (@TheTeapotTrust) and the hashtag #CheerForGood
  • Follow or share our Neighbourly page
  • Retweet and share our Cheer For Good posts on Twitter and Facebook

With £2,000 we can provide 80 hours of Open Group art therapy for chronically ill children.

So let’s cheer!

Teapot Trust are always so delighted when people choose to fundraise for us! We have had people holding everything from tea parties to dog shows and we love hearing about them all!

Tomorrow night, the 24th of November, Gladys Seller will be hosting a psychic night at Wiremill Social Club, Musselburgh, with proceeds going to Teapot Trust! Doors are open from 6.30pm and tickets are £10 if you want to head down!

Whether you have been to a psychic night before or it’s a brand new experience for you, this is sure to be a fun night!