08/06/2023 | Press releases

Raise a mug – and some dough – to support your local NHS

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity is inviting people to help celebrate the NHS’s 75th birthday while raising vital funds for patients and staff by joining this year’s NHS Big Tea.

The annual event encourages people to get together and enjoy a cuppa and chat while raising money for local health services. This summer’s celebration will be extra special as it coincides with the NHS’s 75th birthday, which falls on 5 July.

Every penny the event raises for Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity will support patients, visitors and staff at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals together with a range of community services.

It will fund new life-saving equipment and extra facilities, as well as contributing to major projects, such as the ongoing Children’s Appeal which is helping to transform the children’s department at Ipswich Hospital.

Mandy Jordan, head of charities at Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, said: “As this year is the 75th anniversary of the NHS, we want to make the NHS Big Tea bigger and better than ever. Your cuppas can help take care of patients and staff at our hospitals and in the community, providing all those little extras which make such a difference to happiness and healing.”

Carly Hamilton-Jackson and five-year-old daughter Lola (pictured) raised more than £1,400 for the Children’s Appeal after organising a big tea last year as part of their fundraising.

Carly said: “We are always happy to help the hospital and Lola loves having tea parties, so we couldn’t think of an easier or better way to get our friends and family together to raise money while enjoying some tea and cake. The improvements which have already been made to the children’s department are wonderful and we know they mean a lot to the staff and patients.”

The NHS Big Tea is led by NHS Charities Together and has raised more than £500,000 over the past couple of years to support NHS projects.

You can sign up to host your own event, which can take place on any day during the first week of July, by visiting Colchester & Ipswich Hospital Charity’s website.


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