23 June 2021
Adam Kay, Stephen Fry, Vicky McClure, Daisy May Cooper and other celebrities urge the public to get behind NHS staff and join the NHS Big Tea on 5th July
NHS Charities Together says the event, which takes place on the birthday of the NHS, will be a national outpouring of thanks for NHS staff and each other while raising money for the incredible people in the NHS who have been there for the nation over the last year. The letter follows a recent report by the Health and Social Care select committee showing that NHS and care staff in England are exhausted and overstretched, facing stress and anxiety.
Funds raised will increase the practical and emotional support available to NHS staff, patients and volunteers as they continue to battle the Covid crisis and start down the long road to recovery.
The letter reads:
“It’s been a tough year for all of us, separated from friends, family and loved ones. While we aren’t out of the woods yet, things are looking more hopeful.
We are likely to be able spend time with loved ones who we have been parted from for far too long.
“That’s why we are combining forces to urge you to take a moment of reflection and join the NHS Big Tea on the 5th July – the birthday of the NHS. While still following any ongoing Covid restrictions, this is an opportunity to get together with the people who matter in your life, virtually or in person, and raise a mug of thanks to NHS staff and volunteers.
“While we hope the worst of the pandemic has passed, the challenges will continue for the NHS and the staff and volunteers who have given so much.
“This is a chance for all of us to show we have got their back just as they have ours. So please sign up to host a Big Tea and say thank you.”
The letter has been signed by 17 celebrities, also including actress Olivia Coleman, TV presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly, and doctor and TV presenters Dr Hilary and Dr Ranj.
Release issued by NHS Charities Together, 18 June 2021.