NHS big tea

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The NHS will be celebrating its 71st birthday on Friday 5 July and following the success of last year’s BIG7TEA campaign to mark 70 years of our health service, the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity is asking everyone to raise a cuppa to celebrate our wonderful NHS.

The charity, which raises funds to make improvements at King George and Queen’s hospitals, run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, is encouraging people to host their own NHS Big Tea event with friends, family and colleagues to raise funds to help their local hospitals. It’s a chance for people to toast the NHS and it’s only fitting the humble cup of tea is the star of the show, given its long association with the NHS. Originally served to patients in traditional china cups and saucers with a side spoon, tea was considered an important part of patient satisfaction and recovery. Tens of thousands of patients enjoy tea in our hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries every day. It brings us all together, breaks down social boundaries, and like the NHS and the charities which support it, is a symbol of comfort and community.

Jenny Petchey, clinical nurse specialist from the Trust’s Dementia team, said “Whether it’s a builder’s brew or a fruity rooibos, we want everyone to raise a cuppa, so dust off the old china, rally your friends, family and colleagues and come together to celebrate the NHS’ birthday”.

For more information you can contact the Fundraising team on 01708 504335 or download your free NHS Big Tea pack at www.nhsbigtea.co.uk

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