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Project information

Art Therapy for Children's Cancer Ward

To fund the Ward 2 Art Therapy project which uses art materials to draw verbal and non-verbal communication from children as they go through treatment for cancer. Our art therapists guide them to express themselves through different art mediums such as drawing, painting or clay modelling.


Charity information: The Teapot Trust

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  • Need


    Children in hospital who are receiving treatment for cancer usually also have accompanying emotional and physical challenges. They may experience feelings of anger and frustration; anxiety over the future; loss of self-esteem; have body image issues and suffer difficulties with communication, social or physical skills.


    Our art therapists guide the children to express themselves through different art mediums. As they grow more confident with their skills, they find that more of what they are trying to cope with ends up on the canvas, on in clay form. Art therapy is proven to be an extremely effective way to deal with many issues from physical pain to emotional distress.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make a positive difference in the lives of children suffering from cancer


    » Provide a Saturday art therapy service for children on the Oncology Ward at RHSC Edinburgh for those who are too ill to go home at the weekends.

    What success will look like

    We seek verbal feedback regularly from the children, their families and the hospital staff throughout the year and we have a formal annual evaluation process.

  • Impact


    Improve the mental health, happiness and wellbeing for over 70 children each year. Success is measured through positive feedback from the children and their families, and from the hospital staff, in reducing anxiety, improving mental health and increased cooperation with others.


    1. Risk of infection in hospital wards
    All our Art Therapists are fully trained in NHS policies and procedures so are fully trained on things such as infection control, and operate in the same way as the clinical team.
    2. Risk of the scheduled art therapist being unavailable for work.
    We have a small pool of art therapists trained in this type of work so can call on others in the pool to cover at short notice.


    We send letters along with our twice-yearly newsletters to the relevant funders explaining what their funding has helped us to achieve. Where possible, we try to include a case study (anonymised).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,505

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,570 Art Therapist salaries Art Therapist for 2 hours p.w., 51 weeks p.a. at a cost of £35 per hour.
      £840 Art Therapist travel £70 per month
      £635 Clinical Management Clinical supervision and management
      £460 Admin Office admin support for art therapist team

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Small amounts from various donors £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh ('Sick Kids') is the main children's hospital serving Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders.
    It provides a comprehensive range of dedicated children's services, including its own accident and emergency department, and has been caring for children and young people for over 150 years.


    Any child who is admitted to the Children's Oncology Ward and who is too ill to return home at weekends will be able to benefit from our Saturday art therapy group. Our art therapists will work with, on average, 5 children each week, often involving the wider family group if visiting.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our models of medical art therapy are proven to reduce anxiety, encourage self-expression, encourage resilience and can be used by clinicians as a ‘communication tool/icebreaker’. The demand for the Teapot Trust services continues to grow year on year since we began in 2010. We deliver a year-round service rather than one off projects, which enables us to building strong relationships with the patients, their families and the hospital staff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Our Teapot Trust Art Therapy Team

    Our three art therapy staff are professionally qualified and are experienced in dealing with children who have chronic or limit-limiting conditions.

    Karen Fenna - Clinical Manager

    Karen's role is to ensure that a high quality and safe service is maintained at all times through managing the team and liaising with the hospital.