Tea party events earlier this month across the Aire and Wharfe Valleys to celebrate the work of the NHS have raised more than £1,000.
The NHS Big Tea event on 5th July encouraged people to thank NHS staff for their hard work and give back to them by raising money for NHS charities.
Locally, many events took place to raise money for the Airedale Hospital and Community Charity.
At the hospital itself many departments also held their own tea parties. The day nursery organised a takeaway tea and coffee service for parents dropping their children off at nursery. The catering department hosted an all-day event in the AGH Restaurant where there was a stand full of cakes, biscuits, and chocolate and a ‘guess the number of teabags’ challenge. The Outpatients team held a NHS Big Tea bake sale, and other teams such as Flow and Pharmacy had their own tea breaks to support the charity.
In the community, Troutbeck Care Home in Ilkley held a NHS Big Tea party in their gardens for residents and their families (pictured above). Asda donated cakes and biscuits for the event and Morrisons, who were the official sponsors of the NHS Big Tea, donated a big birthday cake and scones for colleagues in outpatients and on the wards.
Jodie Hearnshaw, Airedale Hospital and Community Charity Manager, says: “Thank you to everyone that got involved in the NHS Big Tea to support Airedale Charity, it was lovely to see the Airedale community coming together to celebrate our amazing NHS people after such a tough year.”
Jennie Tennant, Business Support Officer for Outpatients at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, says: “We really enjoyed taking part in the NHS Big Tea. Members of staff came from all over the hospital to support our bake sale. It was a huge success and the money we raised will go towards new soft furnishings in our outpatient quiet room. A big thank you to the staff in Outpatients that contributed by making or donating cakes and helping at the stall on the day.”