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Join Rotherham’s brew crew to celebrate the NHS’ birthday

18 May 2022 17:16:28
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The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is encouraging people to raise a cuppa at the nation’s biggest tea break on 5 July to help raise money for the incredible NHS.

The charity hopes as many people as possible will get involved in a national outpouring of love and thanks for the NHS on its 74th birthday by hosting or taking part in an NHS Big Tea on 5 July – or whatever date suits you.

Events can be held in person or virtually, in the community, with friends, family or at work. Fundraisers can also show their support by taking five minutes to enjoy a tea break, donating £5 to the charity via Just Giving and tagging five friends on social media to encourage them to do the same. 

Martin Havenhand, Chairman at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Last year, the charity hosted an NHS Big Tea party in our new staff Wellbeing Garden at Rotherham Hospital to thank our colleagues for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic. It was a brilliant atmosphere and a great way to showcase our fantastic garden, which we created thanks to grants from NHS Charities Together. 

“We hope this year’s NHS Big Tea will be bigger and better with the public getting involved too. We’d love to see local community groups, schools, businesses, neighbours and families raising a cuppa to the NHS around 5 July.

“By fundraising at the NHS Big Tea you can help make sure the charity can continue to provide the added extras for our patients, their families and our staff. We can’t wait to see your decorations, cakes, scones and sandwiches – don’t forget to send us your pictures and copy the charity in on social media.”

The NHS Big Tea is led by NHS Charities Together and is now in its fifth year. The event aims to bring the nation together to celebrate the birthday of the NHS and give thanks to the workforce, while raising much needed funds.

In tandem with the NHS’ 74th birthday, NHS staff can also take the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their incredible role taking care of the public, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Last year more than 4,800 hosts signed up, collectively raising over £500,000 for NHS Charities Together. Fundraisers in Rotherham can take part and donate directly to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity or NHS Charities Together nationally.

The charity has used the funds received from NHS Charities Together to fund a variety of projects and resources, for staff and patients including:

- A staff wellbeing garden and woodland walk at Rotherham Hospital

- A goody bag to say ‘thank you’ to Trust colleagues for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic. The bags included a card, a ‘Covid Hero’ badge, a plastic drinks bottle, chocolate, hand sanitizer and a pen.

- Access to the Trauma Resilience Management Programme for colleagues who need mental health support.

- Access to the Nightingale Frontline Leadership Support Service, managed by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. The service provides nurses and midwives access to peer support and mentoring to help them through the pandemic. 

- 14 Samsung tablets and cases to allow patients to video call their families and friends when it really matters the most. 

New research from YouGov reveals 77 per cent of people living in the North believe the NHS still needs our support and 60 per cent feel staff are undervalued by society. 

Despite ongoing challenges triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, many in the North still feel great affection for the health service, with 61 per cent calling it the ‘best thing’ about the UK.*

Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, said: “Every cuppa and penny raised will really make a difference to our NHS charity. You can host your tea party on 5 July in celebration of the NHS’ birthday or whenever or whereever suits you. You could host a Big Tea in your school canteen, in your staff room at work, at your favourite coffee shop, at home with your family, in your church hall or in your garden with your neighbours.  We can’t wait to see how you celebrate!”

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, added: “The NHS can't face every challenge alone, and the network of NHS charities is proud to have funded hundreds of incredible projects supporting staff, patients and communities. We’re asking the nation to pop the kettle on, grab the biscuits, and raise vital funds to help the NHS go further this July.”  

To sign up to host your own NHS Big Tea, or for advice about how to make a donation, please contact the charity team via 01709 426821 or trft.charity@nhs.net Don’t forget to spill the tea on Twitter (@TRFT_Charity), Facebook, Instagram(trft_charity) and LinkedIn by copying us into your messages using the hashtag #NHSBigTea