Help celebrate our NHS birthday
Oxford Health charity is urging people across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire to help the NHS go further by joining NHS Big Tea
Oxford Health Charity is inviting people in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire to join the biggest NHS tea party yet by hosting their own NHS Big Tea on the health service’s 74th birthday on Tuesday 5th July,
Led by NHS Charities Together, the NHS Big Tea brings the nation together to celebrate the birthday of our beloved NHS, giving thanks to the workforce, whilst raising funds to provide the extra support needed for staff, patients, and volunteers. Communities can celebrate by making time for tea – another national treasure.
Last year more than 4,800 hosts signed up, collectively raising over £500,000. In addition to individuals, schools, community groups and organisations, more than 150 NHS charities were involved, including Oxford Health Charity.
Julie Pink, Head of Charity and Involvement at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The NHS Big Tea is a great way to come together and celebrate the support the NHS has given you, your family and your local community. Funds raised from events across the area will go towards enhancing NHS services either locally or nationally, through NHS Charities Together. It really raises spirits among staff and patient groups to see the support the community has for the NHS.”
This year, NHS Charities Together hopes to make the event the biggest NHS Big Tea to date, with a collective fundraising target of over £775,000. This will include donations from corporate sponsors including the headline sponsor Morrisons, who supported the campaign by raising £250,000 last year and will be urging their customers and staff to take part once again.
Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, said: “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. By hosting tea parties and inviting your friends, colleagues or classmates, the NHS Big Tea allows us to come together and say an enormous thank you to our incredible NHS – especially after all they’ve been through these last two years, and the ongoing challenges they continue to face.
“So, whether at home, in the office or in school, 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.”
Amanda Pritchard, NHS Chief Executive, said: “No one in the country has been untouched by the events of the last two years and NHS staff along with our wonderful volunteers, workers who kept our shops and public services running and those who kept schools and offices open across the country are no exception.
“The NHS Big Tea is an excellent opportunity for communities to come together and pay tribute to brilliant staff and volunteers, who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to keep us and our loved ones safe.
“The effects of the pandemic are still being felt even as the NHS and the country now looks to recover and rebuild, so the continued support of local communities remains as vital as it is hugely appreciated.”
Published: 18 May 2022