Art materials help children in hospital

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded a grant of £7,990 to Teapot Trust to provide art materials and tools for children and young people in hospitals across the UK to take part in art therapy.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is a charity committed to transforming the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people in communities across the UK. By providing specialist equipment and facilities, important training and support, and vital care, the Foundation works to improve the education, health and wellbeing for young people to achieve their full potential.

Teapot Trust provides a nationwide programme of art therapy and creative interventions in hospitals to support the wellbeing of children and young people with chronic conditions and their families. The Scottish-based charity aims to provide early intervention support to encourage self-expression, manage anxiety and build resilience through the therapeutic process of art.

The Foundation’s grant will help provide art therapy for children and young people with chronic conditions to receive important emotional and mental health support during treatments and hospital stays. Using art materials and tools funded by the grant, children will be able to create art from clay, paints, pens, sewing materials and bullet journals. Being creative will help children to learn how to express their feelings relating to their illness and treatment and become better at communicating these and their needs to their families and medical staff. Working with qualified art therapists, children will develop healthy mechanisms for coping with long-term conditions.

Ruxandra Cazan and Danielle Dasselaar, supporters of the Foundation at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, presented the grant on the Foundation’s behalf to Louise Downing and Kirsty Moore from Teapot Trust. The Caledonian has long supported the Foundation’s work with young people in Scotland. Most recently team members took part in the Foundation’s charity bake sale campaign, Easter ChariTEA.

Sarah Randell, Chief Executive at Teapot Trust said:

“Here at Teapot Trust, we are so very grateful for the support of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People. The grant will be used to purchase vital art materials and tools to enable us to deliver art therapy to children and young people in hospitals across the UK. The young patients we work with rely on the Teapot Trust art therapy services for support to help them to build resilience and better cope with both the mental and physical health conditions they are struggling with. Making a lot of mess and being creative is extremely therapeutic and gives these children and young people, as well as their families, an opportunity to express themselves and explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.”