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The Medway Hospital Charity Launches BIG 7TEA to Celebrate the NHS Turning 70

27-Apr-2018

   

In 70 days the NHS turns 70 - to mark this milestone occasion The Medway Hospital Charity is asking the people of Medway and Swale to raise a cuppa to celebrate the National Health Service.

The NHS Big 7Tea party will be a chance for people up and down the country to come together to raise money for their local hospital and to toast 70 years of the NHS.

For Thursday 5th July, NHS are inviting you and others to host your own tea party, bake cakes and invite friends, family and colleagues along to raise money to support the vital work of Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

The humble cup of tea has a long and proud association with the NHS. Originally served to patients in traditional fine cups with saucers and side spoon, tea was considered an important aspect of patient satisfaction and recovery.

Thousands of patients enjoy tea at the hospital, clinics and local GP surgeries every day. Tea brings us all together. It breaks down social boundaries, and like the NHS and NHS charities, is a symbol of comfort and community.

The Big 7Tea party is just one way the 70th anniversary is being celebrated in Medway. A summer fair is being organised at Medway Maritime Hospital on Saturday 7th July 2018, when local people are being invited to come to the hospital for fun and celebrations.

Other activities to mark the anniversary will be announced soon.

The sentiment from the Charity and Fundraising Manager is that The Medway Hospital Charity is “..an important source of income for Medway NHS Foundation Trust. Donations from thankful patients and their families enable the charity to buy items which fall outside of the NHS budget. This incredible generosity really does make a difference.

“In 2018, (your) donations have enabled The Medway Hospital Charity to spend more than £100,000 on a breast cancer biopsy machine, ENT equipment, chairs for our cancer wards plus an annual subscription to the Sparkle newsletter to support our dementia patients.

“The contribution the NHS has made to people’s lives is worth celebrating. Organising an NHS 7Tea party, inviting along family and friends to raise money whilst sharing your NHS stories, is a great way to thank staff at your hospital.”

There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK. Most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more, while others support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

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 our hospitals and our communities.

The NHS Big 7Tea will raise awareness of the vital work of NHS charities and let the public know how to support them, for instance by making a donation or offering to volunteer.

The Medway Hospital Charity is offering YOU the chance to join in the festivities; and to help you host your own tea party, celebrate 70 years of the NHS and raise vital funds; they are offering a FREE TO DOWNLOAD fundraising NHS Big 7Tea pack!

If you would like to take part, or for more information visit the Medway NHS website, you can also email the Fundraising Team at medwayft.charity@nhs.net, or call the Team on 01634 825398 if you would like to know more.

 


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