Wherever you are, wear it blue to celebrate the NHS’ 75th birthday

The NHS is instantly recognisable for its iconic blue scrubs and uniforms and now Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is encouraging you to wear the perfect hue too. 

Two NHS members of staff wearing blue scrubs and uniform

To celebrate the NHS’ 75th birthday, the charity is encouraging schools, nurseries, workplaces, community groups and individuals to take part in a Wear It Blue Day on Wednesday 5 July.

Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising, said: “It’s a big year for the NHS and we’d love to see as many of you celebrating this incredible milestone with us as possible. It’s a great opportunity to raise funds for your local NHS charity while wearing your favourite royal sweater, your lucky navy pants, sky-clouded headscarf or teal shirt – or whatever suits you.

“You can go head to toe in blue to brighten your office, school or workplace or just wear one item as homage to the NHS - anything goes! You’ll be helping us to brighten up hospital stays for our patients and their families at the same time.

The charity is asking fundraisers wearing blue to donate £2 each, or whatever you can afford, via JustGiving.

All the funds raised will help to provide the extra special resources, equipment and projects which the NHS cannot afford. Thanks to the funds raised in 2022, the charity was able to fund the new Snowdrop Suite on the Delivery Suite at Rotherham Hospital. The private room is now available for parents who sadly lose a child, allowing them to spent precious time together when it really matters the most.

Funds were also invested in artwork, entertainers and musicians for the Children’s Ward, resources for the Special Care Baby Unit to celebrate International Kangaroo Care Day and World Prematurity Day as well as goodies for afternoon tea parties for patients across the hospital.

Staff at the Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, members of the Tuneless Choir, which meet at Whiston Parish Hall, and pupils at Brinsworth Academy have already pledged to take part. 

For more information about the charity or Wear It Blue Day, get in touch with Suzanne Rutter or Rachael Dawes on 01709 426821 or trft.rhcc@nhs.net