NHS Big Tea party celebrations
are being held across Rotherham this month to celebrate the nation’s two
favourite institutions – the National Health Service and a good old cuppa.
Teapots were brewed, cakes
baked, volunteers assembled and invites distributed last week in preparation
for tea parties at Carlton Park Hotel and Rotherham Hospital on Moorgate Road
and at Lord Hardy Court Intermediate Care Unit in Rawmarsh.
They were part of thousands of
tea parties taking place across the country as the nation comes together in
July to mark the 71st anniversary of the NHS and to raise funds for
Martin Havenhand, Chairman of The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were thrilled to bring our national
past-times of drinking tea and the great National Health Service together to
celebrate the NHS’s 71st birthday.
“It was wonderful to see so
many colleagues, volunteers, patients and people who fundraise for the charity come
together to celebrate the NHS’s milestone and to talk about what the NHS means
to us all.
“Thank you to everyone who
volunteered their time or donated cakes and treats – you did us proud. We’re
looking forward to welcoming everyone back for more tea next year.”
Teams across the Trust came
together at Rotherham Hospital’s NHS Big Tea party to raise funds for the
charity and enjoy a well-earned cuppa alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of
Rotherham, Councillor Jenny Andrews and Jeanette Mallinder, and the ambassador
for the charity’s children’s appeal Dr Ted.
The NHS Big Tea parties at
Carlton Park Hotel, Rotherham Hospital and Lord Hardy Court have raised £454.97 for the Rotherham
Hospital and Community Charity.
Trust volunteers joined
community ambassadors from Tesco in Maltby who served tea and cake. The event
would not have been possible without generous donations of cakes, biscuits, fruity
snacks, tea and coffee from colleagues at Unison Rotherham and Tesco and Co-Op
stores in Maltby.
Anne-Louise Everton, Events
Co-ordinator at Carlton Park Hotel, was inspired by the Camerados teepee at
Rotherham Hospital to host an event like the NHS Big Tea, which opened the
hotel’s doors to the Rotherham community.
She said: “The idea of having public living rooms in the
community inspired me to look for ways of opening up the hotel to more people
too. The NHS Big Tea campaign was the perfect opportunity to welcome people
from the surrounding community to the hotel who wouldn’t ordinarily pop in. We
were really proud to get involved and hope our NHS Big Tea will be the first of
many ‘open living room’ style events at Carlton Park.”
The NHS Big Tea at Lord Hardy Court Intermediate Care Unit
in Rawmarsh was hosted by Occupational Therapist Gemma Lewis. Clients and colleagues
at the centre baked scones, biscuits and cheesecake to sell at the event.
Gemma said: “The clients immensely enjoyed the process of
baking and raising a cuppa at the NHS Big Tea and it was a huge success.”
Colleagues from The Rotherham
NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting another NHS Big Tea party at Oakwood
Community Unit on 18 July, from 2pm for colleagues, patients and their