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

June 20, 2023

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity invites you to host an NHS Big Tea event to celebrate 75 years of the NHS

Who doesn’t love a tea break? And even better if it can do some good for your community. Local charity University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, supporting Poole, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals,  is inviting people living in Dorset to help the NHS go further by joining the annual NHS Big Tea – so why not put the kettle on and raise a cuppa as well as vital funds for our much-loved health service, which turns 75 this summer.

On Wednesday 5 July, the NHS Big Tea brings the nation together to fundraise for NHS charities, which provide extra support for staff, patients, and volunteers in every UK hospital and Health Board. Led by NHS Charities Together, the national charity caring for the NHS, and the network of 230 NHS charities – including University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity – it’s your chance to give something back to local health services.

Now entering its sixth year, this summer’s NHS Big Tea celebration will be extra special as we celebrate 75 years of the NHS. You can take part on Wednesday 5 July, the birthday of the NHS, or any time throughout July. And your fundraising can help to support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff at a time when they need it most. What better way to give back to those who have always looked after us?

Every penny raised for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity will help support local health services across Dorset by funding enhanced equipment, state-of-the-art facilities and the not so little extras that make a huge difference to the wellbeing and development of NHS staff across the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

Janine Golding, Community Fundraiser at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity said: “This year on the 75th anniversary of the NHS, we want to make the NHS Big Tea bigger and better than ever. Please get your  friends and family together to enjoy a cuppa while brewing up some support for our NHS heroes. Every cuppa helps us to continue to go above and beyond for our patients at the Royal Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch hospitals.”

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, said: “I urge you all to put 5 July in your diary and take some time out to raise money for the NHS charity that means the most to you over a cuppa and a chinwag. It’s the 75th anniversary of the NHS this year, which is a great opportunity for a celebration, and together you can help raise vital funds to support NHS staff, patients and communities.

“A huge thank you to everybody who has signed up so far, and we look forward to seeing the nation coming together in July for this brilliant event.”

To sign up to host your own NHS Big Tea event and receive a fundraising support pack, please visit