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Celebrate our amazing NHS with a national outpouring of love

Powys’ local NHS Charity is inviting community members to brew a national thank you and raise money for the NHS.

Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) Charity is asking everyone to join in on the nation’s biggest tea break on Monday 5 July and help raise awareness for the incredible NHS staff, who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This has been a very difficult year and PTHB Charity would like for everyone to come together to express their outpouring of love for NHS staff and volunteers. People can join in the celebrations by hosting or taking part in their very own NHS Big Tea at 3pm on 5 July.

Each event can be in person or virtual, with your community, friends, family or at work. This is a chance to reflect and say thank you for everything that NHS staff and volunteers have done and continue to do. Taking part in the nation’s biggest tea break, community members can also raise money for PTHB Charity, which aims to support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff, patients and communities across Powys.

By hosting a tea break or taking just five minutes of their time, people can show support and help to raise awareness for the NHS heroes across Powys and the country.

This national outpouring of love is being coordinated in partnership with NHS Charities Together. Powys has received over £270,000 in funding from NHS Charities Together over the past 12 months. This has led to extra NHS support through a variety of projects nominated by health board staff.

The PTHB Charity has sought the input of NHS and frontline staff across Powys on how the funds could be best used which has led to over 50 different projects being implemented to date. These range from new staff wellbeing facilities at each of Powys’ community hospital sites, to extra equipment allowing patients to connect with their families, and an online support programme for nursing staff.

Speaking on the plans for the event, Powys Teaching Health Board Chair Vivienne Harpwood, said:

“The Big Tea is a chance for us to reflect and show our thanks to the NHS heroes that have been at the heart of the nation’s response to the pandemic. The past year has been a huge challenge and we are proud of the way NHS staff and volunteers have risen to the occasion.

“We want to use this opportunity to celebrate the incredible successes of the NHS across the nation and here in Powys. In the lead up to the Big Tea we will be sharing some of these local successes that continue to inspire us.

“If you can take those five minutes on the 5th July to brew a national thank you, it will mean the world to the incredible NHS staff and volunteers we support every day. If you also have the opportunity to fundraise, then please consider doing so for our Charity. As a small organisation, every donation can make huge difference.”

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, which is coordinating the national NHS Big Tea campaign, said:

“Many of us have a lot to be grateful to NHS staff and volunteers for following the year we have had. They have been at the forefront of the response to one of the biggest challenges our country has ever faced.

“NHS Big Tea is a chance to show our support for them by joining a national outpouring of thanks this July.

“For many, this will be an outpouring of joy, celebrating the vaccine and all that it is allowing us to do again. For others, it will be an outpouring of thanks, for everything that our NHS champions have done for us. For some, sadly, it will be a moment of reflection for the loss of loved ones.

“Whatever the emotion, please join the nation’s biggest tea break to raise money for the incredible people in our NHS.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the public over the last year, NHS Charities have been able to be there for NHS staff, to ensure they can continue with their vital life-saving work, whether through funding counselling and mental health support, or support with practical needs, like food, drink and a place to rest.

To take part in the Big Tea and get your pack, please visit www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/nhs-big-tea/

If you wish to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pthbcharitybigtea

 

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