WARRINGTON and Halton Hospitals’ Charity is asking residents to put the kettle on to raise money to thank our incredible NHS heroes.

The nation’s biggest tea break will take place on Monday, July 5, and it offers a great way to support the fantastic efforts of health workers throughout the pandemic.

Following a year like no other, WHH Charity wants as many people as possible to get involved in the national outpouring of love on the NHS’ birthday by hosting or taking part in an NHS Big Tea event at 3pm on July 5.

Each event can be in person or virtual with the community, friends, family or at work, offering a chance to reflect and say thank you for everything that NHS staff and volunteers have done and continue to do.

Money raised will go towards Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which has been one of the highest performing trusts in the region for saving lives over the course of the pandemic.

Warrington Guardian: Helen Higginson, WHH charity fundraising manager, raising a cuppa for our NHSHelen Higginson, WHH charity fundraising manager, raising a cuppa for our NHS

There will also be an Afternoon Tea Event on Thursday, July 8, from 2pm to 4pm at the Pickering Arms pub in Thelwall.

Tickets can be bought by emailing thepickeringarms@inglenookinns.co.uk or calling 01925 861262.

Helen Higginson, fundraising manager at WHH Charity, said: “This has been a year like no other – for every nurse working 12-hour shifts in a full-face mask, for every clinician fighting to keep our loved ones alive, and for every hospital porter, support worker and paramedic putting themselves on the front line every day to keep us safe.

“Let us join together to celebrate our NHS’ birthday and make this year an extra special outpouring of love – it is time to brew a national ‘thank you’.”

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, which is behind the NHS Big Tea, added: “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.

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

Thanks to the support and generosity of the public over the last year, NHS Charities Together has supported WHH Charity in ensuring staff can continue their vital work.

This is through funding counselling and mental health support and enabling the charity to build a remembrance garden in the hospital grounds.

WHH Charity urges the public to take part in the NHS Big Tea and enable their local hospital charity to continue supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients.

To help organise your event, it has produced a pack which is available to download via whhcharity.org.uk/bigtea