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  • Bradford prepares to toast the NHS with Big 7Tea parties

    Bradford prepares to toast the NHS with Big 7Tea parties 

    Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is calling on businesses in Bradford to back the NHS Big 7tea!

    More than 20 organisations and groups around Bradford are planning to raise a cuppa to their beloved NHS as it turns 70 on 5 July. These include Asda, Cemetery Road, Bradford, the Alhambra in Bradford and a number of schools.

    Wards and departments at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) and St Luke’s Hospital (SLH) have also signed up to take part in the NHS Big 7Tea – the charity event to mark NHS70, which will raise money for NHS charities.

    Bradford Hospitals’ Charity – the official charity of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) – is calling on more organisations – businesses in particular –  to organise their own Big 7Tea parties! Anyone can register for a fundraising pack, which includes charity bunting and posters by visiting www.bradfordhospitalscharity.org.uk/nhs70

    Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “This is a fantastic way to celebrate the NHS, while raising money for your local NHS charity. Tea has a long and proud association with the NHS. In the past it was served to patients in traditional fine cups and saucers with side spoon, and considered an important aspect of patient satisfaction and recovery.

    “We work in partnership with BTHFT to fund specialist equipment, training and research. Our charity provides over and above what is funded by the NHS, enabling the Trust to buy better quality to improve the patients’ experience. Our funds also sometimes enable the Trust to buy equipment sooner than budgets allow. If you want to say thank you to your NHS, please support Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, because our funds directly benefit patients in Bradford.”

    The Great Bradford Bake Off has also been organised as part of NHS70 celebrations, to raise money for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity. The cake competition, to be held at the BRI on Tuesday 3 July, will be judged by Great British Bake Off contestant Sandy Docherty and her mum, who she says taught her everything she knows.

    BTHFT will be celebrating the NHS70 on 5 July with a special lunch for people born in 1948 and former staff who worked at that time. They will also have old photos and memorabilia on display and pupils from the deaf choir at Girlington Primary School.

    Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is one of more than 250 NHS charities based around the UK.

    Last year, a new £28million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, to which the charity contributed £300,000. The new wing provides world-class facilities for the elderly, children and a brand new intensive care unit. Bradford Hospitals’ Charity donations enabled the Trust to create family friendly environments, fund state-of-the-art equipment and innovative distraction toys and games for young people, such as a sensory room. They also funded parent beds to allow them to stay with their children in hospital.

    With the support of Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, BTHFT was also able to provide more cots, including intensive care and high dependency cots, new family accommodation, a revamped counselling suite and a dedicated room for mothers to express milk for pre-term babies when the new neonatal unit opened in 2015.

    To request a fundraising pack for the NHS Big7Tea, visit www.bradfordhospitalscharity.org/nhs70

    To make a donation to Bradford Hospitals’ Charity’s NHS Big 7Tea campaign, visit:


    You can also make a donation by texting NHSB22 and the amount you want to donate to 70070.

    To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit www.bradfordhospitalscharity.org. Alternatively, contact Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email charity@bthft.nhs.uk