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Strictly stars call on Rotherham to raise a cuppa for the NHS

26 Jun 2019 15:41:36
NHS Big Tea - Dr Ranj and Charles Venn

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has backed Strictly Come Dancing stars urging NHS staff and supporters to ‘raise a cuppa’ and celebrate the NHS’s 71st birthday on Friday 5 July.

TV’s Dr Ranj Singh and Charles Venn were joined by NHS staff at St George’s Hospital in London to celebrate the national launch of the NHS Big Tea campaign last week.

Thousands of tea parties are set to take place across the country as the nation comes together to mark the milestone and raise money for NHS charities.

Now the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is calling on everyone who loves the NHS to get behind the campaign and to host their own tea party with friends, family and colleagues.

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Last year’s NHS Big Tea celebration was a highlight for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity so we’re very much looking forward to hosting another this July. 

“We hope the national launch event will really help to raise the profile of the NHS Big Tea campaign so people across the town, whether at school, work or at home, will feel inspired to bake some goodies and put the kettle on to host their own celebrations.”

There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK. Many 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, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most. They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS colleagues, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art, and building important links between our hospitals and our communities.

To celebrate the launch of this year’s NHS Big Tea campaign, Dr Ranj was joined by his Strictly Come Dancing co-star Charles Venn and some of his former St George’s colleagues on the hospital’s helipad in Tooting, south west London, for a special tea party. 

Dr Ranj Singh said: “The NHS has been a huge part of my life – as it has for millions of people across the country. Our fantastic health service is the envy of the world and the NHS staff who provide such outstanding care for patients every day are extraordinary people.

“I’m delighted to raise a cuppa today to celebrate the launch of the NHS Big Tea, which is the perfect opportunity for everyone who loves our NHS to come together and say thank you. 

“By hosting a tea party, you can raise money for NHS charities and show your support for their incredible work.”

Charles Venn also said: “The NHS is a national treasure for a reason - it is there for us all in our time of need, no matter what. 

“That’s why I want you all to join together on 5 July and show the NHS just how much we love it, by raising a cuppa in support of NHS charities across the country. Let’s celebrate the amazing work they do day in and day out to help people and their families.”

The NHS Big Tea campaign is being led by NHS Charities Together, which is the national association for NHS charities.

An NHS Big Tea Party will be held at Rotherham Hospital on Friday 5 July in the Rooftop Restaurant on A Level, from 1pm to 3pm. Patients and members of the public are invited to celebrate alongside colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. 

For more information about the event, or details about how to host your own, please visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/nhsteaparty/