The Teapot Trust
Amount donated: £30,500
The Teapot Trust is a charity that provides hospital-based art therapy to children with chronic illnesses.
One of the most difficult things for many ill children is expressing how they feel verbally when they may not yet have the vocabulary. Offering art therapy to them provides an alternative medium of communication, building confidence and helping children cope with their conditions.
Founded in 2010, the Teapot Trust offers therapy in either Out-Patients Departments, on the wards, in CAMHS units in eleven locations in Scotland, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and a new pilot project in Chelsea & Westminster, London.
In 2015, the Teapot Trust provided over 2,927 hours of art therapy and 5,295 art therapy interactions ranging from working individually with children and young people in open group sessions, ward based sessions, workshops and 1:1 sessions.
The Teapot Trust art therapists all have Masters Degrees and are registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and work mostly, but not exclusively, with children who have Rheumatology Diseases, such as SLE Lupus; cancer; eating disorders and complex mental health problems. In December 2015, the charity was pleased to have its work recognised when it received two awards at the Charity Champions Awards, Charity of The Year (income under £250,000) and Children's Charity of The Year.
Mrs Carol Mitchell is an interior designer, fundraiser and event organiser for many charities including The Queen Mother Memorial Fund, The British Red Cross and The National Trust for Scotland. She has been involved with horses all her life. She is a National Hunt Breeder and acts as a BHA Steward. She is a trustee of World Horse Welfare and she lives in the Scottish Borders.
“This year's Luncheon is a Celebration of 10 years, during which time we have supported bees, puffins, red squirrels, and latterly helping young people, to get into work through education and training or setting up their own business and raising well over £230.000 for Scottish Charities.
Each year we try to choose a smaller or lesser-known charity that would benefit from the support and profile that this lunch, we hope can provide.
With your help today we are supporting The Teapot Trust, a young charity based in Scotland, formed in 2010, which provides Art Therapy Units for children with chronic illness in Scottish hospitals, Great Ormond Street in London and a pilot trial at Chelsea and Westminster.
Without our Sponsors we would not be able to hold this lunch, so we are enormously grateful to our main sponsor, Sotheby's, for their most generous support, also to Mactaggart and Mickel, Diageo and Fuller's Brewery for their continued support again this year and to first time sponsor PSigma Investment Management. To them all, thank you so very much indeed.
This year we are extremely fortunate to have exceptional speakers who will talk about their own achievements in life. Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland; The Duchess of Rutland, CEO Belvoir Estate; The Hon Emma Soames, Editor, Writer and Traveller and The Lady Macdonald of Macdonald O.B.E., Cook and Food Writer. A veritable feast of knowledge and inspiration.
I also personally really want to thank a pretty amazing Lunch Committee, members past and present who have contributed so much in organising such a wonderful and professional Luncheon over the last 10 years with fun and great camaraderie. I stand down this year and am delighted to be leaving the Women of Achievement Luncheon in such safe and competent hands.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all here today and to have the opportunity to thank you for your support. We do hope you will join us at the Luncheon in future years.“
Dr Catherine Calderwood – Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
Catherine, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, is Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, appointed in March 2015 Catherine qualified from Cambridge and Glasgow universities working in Glasgow and Edinburgh Royal Infirmaries before completing specialist training in SE Scotland and St Thomas' Hospital London.
Becoming a medical adviser to Scottish Government in 2010 she was instrumental in the work in reducing stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Scotland. Her role expanded to include areas such as major trauma services and the introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer in Scotland. Prior to appointment as CMO Catherine was the National Clinical Director for maternity and women's health for NHS England.
Catherine chairs the UK maternal, newborn and infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme run by MBRRACE-UK. She chairs the Scottish Government stillbirth working group and is a member of the RCOG stillbirth Clinical Studies Group. She was the obstetrician on the panel of the Morecambe Bay Inquiry.
Catherine's first CMO annual report - 'Realistic Medicine' was launched in January 2016.
Dr Laura Young MBE – Co-Founder of The Teapot Trust
Dr. Laura N Young D. Univ MBE Co-Founder of The Teapot Trust East Lothian-based charity co-founder Laura N Young MBE has devoted all her time to putting the Teapot Trust firmly on a child's hospital experience map in Scotland and now in London too.
Despite a long gap in working, due to caring for her middle daughter, who had Lupus, then cancer, Laura found that having a mainly science background, (a degree in Chemistry and having worked at the Science Museum, London) was invaluable to getting the Teapot Trust firmly established.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queen Margaret University, in June 2016, for her services to art therapy, awarded an M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List 2015 and in February 2017 she won the Scottish Woman of Achievement award.
Emma Soames – Editor, Writer, Traveller
Having worked as a journalist on the Evening Standard and Vogue Magazine in Paris and London, Emma Soames became an editor in the late 80s when she returned from living in the Middle East. She first edited the Literary Review before moving on to Tatler, ES Magazine, the Saturday Telegraph Magazine and latterly Saga Magazine where her mission statement was to "put the hip into hip replacement". She is now Editor at Large at Saga and a freelance writer.
She spends time at her house in France and travels extensively. Her last two trips were to Iran and she has just returned from a journey around Colombia. She has an interest in prisoner rehabilitation and is a trustee of Fine Cell Work.
The Duchess of Rutland – Mother of Five and CEO of Belvoir Estates
Emma, 11th Duchess of Rutland, originally a farmer's daughter who grew up in the countryside on the Welsh Borders, took charge of the 16,000-acre Belvoir Castle Estate in Leicestershire in 1999. Described as the most fabulous fairy-tale castle in England, from its high hill it broods over immense tracts of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
The Duchess has raised five children, turned the great annual losses the estate was making into profits and also shaken off the dust-sheets and brought back to life a castle that had slept since the 2nd World War.
Now, after discovering the lost plans of garden designer Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, she is recreating his vision for the estate as well as developing and running one of the best game shoots in the country.
The Lady Macdonald of Macdonald OBE – Claire Macdonald Award-winning Cook and Writer
Claire Macdonald is an award-winning cook and writer, and one of Scotland's best-loved personalities on food and hospitality. She has written 21 cookery books over the last 40 years. She demonstrates around the world and across the length and breadth of Britain - as well as in her own kitchen at Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye.
Claire is a self-taught cook. Her enthusiasm and expertise reflect her own passion for good food. She combines a tireless advocacy of local, seasonal produce with a food Titeracy extended by ongoing research through travel and experience.
Claire is married to Lord Macdonald, Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of Clan Donald. Together they have run Kinloch Lodge, their Isle of Skye home, as a hotel for four decades. Kinloch is renowned for its fine food and breathtaking setting on the shoreline of Loch na Dal. Kinloch Lodge was the first restaurant on Skye to be awarded a Michelin Star, which it has retained for 6 years. The hotel has been cited as one of the world's top 25 small hotels by Conde Naste Traveller magazine.
To celebrate 40 years at Kinloch, Claire has written her 18th book Lifting the Lid, a Life at Kinloch Lodge. This is an autobiographical account of her and Godfrey's eventful 40 years of running Kinloch.
Claire is an energetic Patron of Scottish Food Fortnight and The Association of Scottish Farmers Markets. She is also a patron of Marie Curie in Scotland and fundraises tirelessly. She has been awarded a special Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay and a Lifetime Achievement Award from National Farmers Union. In 2014 Claire received an OBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to food and charity.
In 2016 Claire was a guest judge on The Great British Menu. Her own television series, Claire Macdonald's Seasonally Scottish (15-part series), has been screened throughout the world by UK Food channel and continues to be shown today.