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Raise a cuppa in Tooting for the NHS's 70th birthday!

Raise a cuppa in Tooting for the NHS's 70th birthday!


NHS Big Tea

To mark 70 days until the NHS turns 70, St George’s Hospital Charity is asking local communities to raise a cuppa and celebrate our remarkable health service.

The NHS Big7Tea will be a chance for people up and down the country to come together and toast 70 years of the NHS on or around Thursday 5th July 2018.

St George’s Hospital Charity is asking communities, families, schools, clubs and businesses to arrange a simple tea party to mark the occasion. All donations will support the vital work of NHS charities.

Inviting people to take time out and remember the hard-working staff of their local hospital and NHS services in general is a fantastic way to celebrate the nation’s health service anniversary.

Donations raised will support additional initiatives to help local people and allow for new equipment, facilities, staff and patient support and research to be brought in to local services.

St George’s Hospital Charity supports health services across south west London including St George’s Hospital Tooting, Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton and community services in Wandsworth and Merton.

Mari-Louise White of St George’s Hospital Charity commented: “We know that almost everyone likes to stop for a cup of tea and a chat, so here’s a chance to do so and raise a cup in celebration of the great work of the NHS and our local medical teams. It’s easy to send in donations and we have so many exciting projects we’d like to support that all tea parties will help us go above and beyond. As a charity that supports the NHS with extra equipment and projects it’s important that people know we are here and can achieve great things through a tea party initiative.”

The NHS Big 7Tea is a national initiative involving over 250 NHS charities across the UK. Most of them focus on helping hospitals do more, whilst others support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts. It is possible to hold a tea party to support all of the health service nationally, or to support your local hospitals.

In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment in hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most. They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between hospitals and communities.

St George’s Hospital Charity awarded £1.971m of funding in 2016/17 that bought new scanning equipment, improved a chemotherapy day unit, funded medical research, supported arts and music therapies within the hospitals, supported volunteers, staff and patients and helped benefit the experience of thousands of local people.

St George’s Hospital is currently the focus of the Channel 4 TV programme 24 Hours in A&E which has broadcast over 100 episodes, and the hospital charity is supporting fundraising for new research into emergency department, maternity, children’s, cardiac and neuro-related appeals. More details about these projects and The NHS Big7Tea are available on the charity‘s website


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