Put the kettle on in Tunbridge Wells and help NHS charities

HARD-EARNED BREAK: Nikki Lewis, MTW Practice Development Nurse for medicine and emergency care, enjoys a cuppa

Put the kettle on in Tunbridge Wells and help NHS charities

by Andy Tong | 19th June 2019

THE Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [MTW] is calling on schools, businesses and individuals to host a tea party in order to raise vital funds for Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

The NHS Big Tea, which runs from June 24 to July 7, wants people to come together to help support the work of MTW’s Charitable Fund while celebrating the Health Service’s 71st birthday on July 5.

Proceeds go towards enhancing the standard of care, services and facilities provided by the Trust to patients, relatives, visitors and staff.

Laura Kennedy, Fundraising Manager for the Charitable Fund, said: “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.

‘The humble cup of tea has a long and proud association with the NHS. It breaks down social boundaries’

“Tea brings us all together. It breaks down social boundaries and, like the NHS and NHS charities, it is a symbol of comfort and community.”

She added: “With that in mind, we couldn’t think of a better way for people living in Tunbridge Wells to toast our wonderful health service and staff, while raising funds for the NHS.”

There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK. Most of them focus on helping hospitals to achieve more, while others support trusts involved in areas such as mental health, community health and ambulance services.

NHS charities have also funded major capital projects and pioneering research as well as medical equipment.

They play a key role in recruiting volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art, and building an important link between hospitals and local communities.

To receive your free NHS Big Tea fundraising pack, call 01622 226428 or email:
laura.kennedy8@nhs.net

For more information about the NHS Big Tea, visit nhsbigtea.co.uk

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