Published on: 5th July 2022

On 5 July 2022, the NHS will mark 74 years of service. This milestone will present us with opportunities to showcase how the NHS has innovated and adapted to meet the changing needs of each successive generation.

As part of the birthday celebrations, NHS Charities Together is asking NHS Trusts and Charities across the UK to take part in the biggest NHS Big Tea ever. This gives NHS staff, patients and communities a chance to come together for a moment of thanks after what has been a challenging couple of years, and to raise money to help the NHS go that bit further for our staff and patients. In tandem with the NHS’ 74th birthday, health and social workers can also take the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their incredible role taking care of the public, during the Covid 19 pandemic and beyond.

Over the last two years NHS Charities Together have funded over 600 projects in every Trust and Health Board across the UK to support staff, patients and volunteers from counselling and wellbeing rooms, to specialist equipment and training for volunteers. This year, NHS Charities Together hopes to make the event the biggest NHS Big Tea to date, with a collective fundraising target of over £775,000.

We can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this birthday year, by volunteering, raising money for a local NHS charity, or by taking steps to look after our own health and using services wisely. To sign up to host your own NHS Big Tea event and receive a fundraising support pack, please visit