Heads On is urging people across Sussex to 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.
Heads On is the official charity of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages across Sussex, and for children and young people in Hampshire.
Following a year like no other, Heads On wants as many people as possible 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 Heads On.
People can host their own event or they can show their support by taking 5 minutes to enjoy a tea break, texting £5 to support NHS charities and tagging five friends on social media and calling on them to do the same. Text TAKE5NHS to 70085 to donate £5 Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
“This year has been like none other for all NHS Staff and patients” remarked Abi Harley, Community and Individuals Fundraiser at Heads On. “We really hope the NHS Big Tea gives the community an opportunity to reflect on their own mental health and join us in having a cup of tea for all the NHS staff they clapped for last summer.”
Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, which is behind the NHS Big Tea, said: “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. NHS Big Tea is chance to show our support for them by joining a national outpouring of thanks this July. Please join the nation’s biggest tea break to raise money for the incredible people in our NHS.”
Thanks to the support and generosity of the public over the last year, NHS Charities have been able to be there for NHS staff, to ensure they can continue with their vital life-saving work, whether through funding counselling and mental health support, or support with practical needs, like food, drink and a place to rest.
Heads On has used the funds they have received to enabled them to fund kit and equipment for inpatients to keep in touch with loved ones; mental health first aid boxes for patients across our communities; Heads On 2020/21 winter isolation fund supporting service users during the most recent lockdown; staff support to show their appreciation for how hard their teams are working and that recognises that staff wellbeing is key to caring for patients; and a programme of initiatives to improve BAME staff and service users’ experience of Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. Heads On are urging the public to take part in the NHS Big Tea and enable the charity to continue supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients in similar ways going forward.
Thousands are expected to host events and NHS Charities Together has produced a pack to help those events go with a swing, to take part and get your pack, please visit www.headsoncharity.org