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Party spirit provides big boost to NHS

15 Jul 2019 15:31:07
NHS Big Tea 2019

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 NHS charities. 

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 families.