was set up in 2010 by Laura and John Young after seeing the gaps in care for children like their daughter Verity, who spent much of her short life in hospital, coping with illness and managing the effects of her treatment. Art gave Verity a way of expressing herself and was an essential coping strategy for the whole family. John and Laura felt this was a service that should be available to all families of children suffering from chronic illness.
The ‘Teapot’ name derives from the ritual of making ‘proper’ tea, often accompanied by cake, which was how Verity’s Mum and Dad encouraged her to increase her fluid intake, a vital element in the life of a child with a chronic or life-threatening condition. Over time the teapot came to symbolise support, comfort, friendship and respite. Now in its tenth year, Teapot Trust has improved the lives of over 12,000 children and young people.