The 5th July marked the 73rd birthday of the NHS. On the big day, NHS Charities across the UK joined together to celebrate with a range of ‘Big Tea’ events.
It has truly been a year like no other. So it was time to take a moment to reflect, and to thank the NHS and its staff for everything they have done in these incredibly difficult circumstances. They say everything stops for tea. And this July, the whole nation stopped for the NHS Big Tea!
Communities were invited to host their own tea party and fundraise, or simply enjoy a solo cuppa and make a donation, as part of this national outpouring of love. At BSUH Charity, we were so pleased that our wonderful community of supporters across Brighton, Hove, Haywards Heath and Mid-Sussex helped us mark the day.
The celebrations included:
- A bake sale from the Head & Neck Directorate at Royal Sussex County Hospital
- A range of community events from people in the Kemp Town area of Brighton – including a jazz afternoon with fizz!
- BSUH Charity hosted staff room gatherings with mocktails and snacks from the local Morrisons team (Morrisons were the national sponsor for the big day)
We hope you enjoyed seeing the celebrations as much as we did. With over 5,000 hosts signing up nationally ahead of the day, and many more events having taken place on the day, thousands of health trusts, community groups, individuals and businesses across the UK joined NHS charities in supporting the NHS Big Tea.
It was a national outpouring like no other. An outpouring of love. And of gratitude. An outpouring of joy and generosity, warmth and reflection.
With every tea and every toastie, with every penny and every pound raised, our supporters helped us to make it better for patients across our hospitals.
Thank you to all who got involved!