You can watch a film of the meeting here.
The Teapot Trust was founded by Laura Young and her husband John in 2010, after seeing the gaps in the care of their daughter Verity, who suffered from Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) and also cancer before her tragic death in 2009, aged just eight years old.
Since then, they have provided art therapy to hospitals throughout Scotland. In November 2014, the Teapot Trust was invited to start providing art therapy to children in the Rheumatology Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London – the first time that the charity has worked outside of Scotland.
Since it began its work at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Teapot Trust appears to have had a positive impact on the lives of many of the children on this ward who have taken part in the therapy.
Dr Clarissa Pilkington, Lead Rheumatology Consultant at GOSH and President of the British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR) said, “We have been delighted with the input of the Teapot Trust’s art therapist in our clinics.
“Rheumatology is one of the least well-known of the hospital’s specialisms, and is often side-lined in service provision by better-known diseases.
“Our patients are often on very strong drugs with lifelong and sometimes life-limiting conditions.
“The art therapy has been a great support for the children and their families, giving an alternative focus to their visit to hospital so it’s not just about seeing me, having blood tests and their treatment regime.”
Since its inception the Trust has grown rapidly, and now provides art therapy to children in five Scottish hospitals – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and one hospice at Kinross, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Sara Cox, speaking about her support of the Teapot Trust, said, “I first met Laura when I judged Tesco Mum of the Year, and was delighted that she won the Tesco Charitable Mum of the Year award.
“Laura really is an inspirational person – there’s a huge amount of sadness in her story, but also a lot of optimism because she has turned her adversity into an advantage for others.
“Art therapy is so valuable because it proves a great distraction and something else to remember from hospital apart from their appointments, and pictures they can show off and talk about.”
“I know that Laura and the team will continue to provide this vital service, and I’ll continue to support them in their work.”
Laura Young, who lives in East Lothian, Scotland with husband John and daughters Nina and Isla, said, “I have to thank Sara for her ongoing support of the Teapot Trust, as well as Dr Pilkington for her very kind words and collaboration with our art therapist.
“In 2015, we are reaching out to as many sick children as we can, so we’re going to need all the help we can get.”
The Teapot Trust needs £250,000 each year to run all of its services. It employs over a dozen sessional staff and has an administrator, all of whom Laura leads to fulfil the charity’s objectives.
The Teapot Trust: http://www.teapot-trust.org/
Great Ormond Street Hospital: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/
British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR) http://www.bspar.org.uk/
Film of Sara Cox meeting Laura Young from the Teapot Trust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyBAGYY8D_A&list=PLn7eCirXoF…