The 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.
The Trust provides professional Art Therapy either as open groups, at a drop-in activity table within the Out Patients Department, or as one-to-one sessions in a private room for children who need extra time to help them cope with the problems of living with chronic illness.
Elaine Love, NHSSC Head of Nursing for Women’s and Children’s Services, said:
“We are very proud of all the children and young people who cope with chronic illness on a daily basis.
"The Teapot Trust use creative activities to encourage children who have health problems to deal with some of the emotional difficulties they may be experiencing and help them express their feelings through art. Their work really does make a positive difference to the children undergoing treatment at the RHSC.”
The charity was set up by the Young Family in 2010 after tragically losing their daughter Verity, shortly after her eighth birthday in 2009, following her ongoing battle with Lupus (SLE) from the age three, and also cancer for the last year of her life.
Based on their first-hand experience of spending so many long hours in hospital with a chronically ill child, Laura and John Young wanted to create a lasting legacy in Verity’s memory that helped support families during a potentially very stressful time for the children and their families.
They had watched Verity scribble and frantically paint after particularly difficult blood tests or treatment regimes and realised the calming effect that quiet activity could have.
Laura Young, Founder of the Teapot Trust, 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. Our professional art therapists currently work with chronically ill children in RHSC Edinburgh and RHSC Glasgow, and are about to begin running art-as-therapy sessions during rheumatology clinics at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. A pilot for this programme is currently being organised.
Thanks to all our many wonderful fundraisers, donors and sponsors for enabling us to provide this much needed and sought-after service.”