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NHS Big Tea 2021

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Join the nation’s biggest tea break on 5 July and help raise money for the incredible people in our NHS who’ve done so much to help everyone get through the pandemic.

Following a year like no other, Sussex Community NHS Charity wants as many people as possible across Sussex to get involved in a national outpouring of love and thanks for NHS staff and volunteers on its birthday by hosting or taking part in an NHS Big Tea at 3pm on 5 July.

Each event can be in person or virtual, with the community, friends, family or at work, and is a chance to reflect and say thank you for everything that NHS staff and volunteers have done and continue to do, by taking part in the nation’s biggest tea break to raise money for Sussex Community NHS Charity.

You can host your own event or show support by taking 5 minutes to enjoy a tea break, donating £5 to support NHS charities and tagging five friends on social media and calling on them to do the same.



How can you join in the celebration?


We can’t know for sure what the future holds. Perhaps we’ll raise our mugs virtually or come together at last. But one thing’s for certain, we’ll be there for our healthcare heroes, just as they’ve been there for us.

Host a tea party however you can, inviting friends, family and colleagues to brew a national thank you and raise funds to support your local NHS at 3pm 5th July (or whenever works for you).

Fundraise offline with printable forms or set up your own online fundraising page in minutes. 

Start fundraising online


No time to host or attend a party? Take a 5 minute tea break to brew a national thank you at 3pm 5th July (or whenever works for you), donate £5 to Sussex Community NHS Charity and post to social media tagging 5 friends to show your appreciation.

It's quick and easy to make a £5 donation through our Virgin Money Giving NHS Big Tea campaign.

Check out our resources below for fun social media templates to share your support and encourage friends to join in too.

Donate online

How are we celebrating NHS Big Tea at SCFT?

To mark the event at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, we funded more than 450 boxes of tea and biscuits to help colleagues come together and be a part of the celebrations - made possible thanks to our generous supporters. 

Staff can request team boxes on The Pulse.

Follow us on social media for regular updates and snaps from our celebrations:

Facebook: @scftcharity

Twitter: @scft_charity

Instagram: @scft_charity

How do funds raised support the NHS?

By fundraising and donating, you will be helping us to continue providing grants to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust to:

  • Improve the physical and mental health of patients, staff and volunteers
  • Support staff development to help them provide excellent care
  • Improve the equipment and facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of our patients.
  • Create patient and family friendly care environments
  • Advance our understanding through medical research

How have we recently used donations to support our staff and services?

During the last year the charity has funded over 50 projects to enhance patient care and staff wellbeing. A few examples include:

Project Wingman wellbeing bus

The charity funded the Project Wingman bus to spend a week at two SCFT sites - Horsham Hospital and Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, providing a first-class rest space for staff. During their visit to the bus, staff were treated to complimentary drinks and snacks, a comfy place to rest, and a friendly chat with the Project Wingman volunteers. 


Living well programme laptops

SCFT deliver the Living Well Programme, a free self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these face-to-face group sessions were unable to take place. We funded 12 laptops to enable the wonderful Living Well Programme volunteer tutors to deliver the courses online, and they now continue to provide this great service virtually to patients safely at home.


Staff massage chair

A member of staff successfully applied for a grant to purchase a massage chair, to particularly benefit all teams in Dyke Building (BGH) including Primary Care Admin, Hear Failure, Neurology, Respiratory, Responsive Services, Hospital At Home, System Capacity and Flow, Community Neuro Rehab, Falls, Therapy Hub and Phlebotomy teams. Staff can book slots to go and use the massage chair on their break, encouraging restful breaks during work hours.


Mental health first-aid lanyards

A member of staff successfully applied for a grant to purchase lanyards, to be able to ensure that staff who are registered Mental Health First Aiders will be able to be easily and discreetly identifiable to colleagues allowing them to initiate engagement on an individual and confidential manner. This avoids needing to request awareness via other channels.