Teapot Trust was set up in 2010 by Laura and John Young after seeing the gaps in care for children with rheumatological issues who were regularly visiting hospital. The Young's daughter, 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.

The first art therapy service began in 2011 at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh and due to increased demand has continued to grow year on year.

Why 'Teapot Trust'?

We are called 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.

For more details about our exciting journey so far, click here.

After her death, a note written by Verity was found with the following quote. We try to keep this in mind in everything we do. 

Big or small there is always a difference only you can do.