Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity is urging people in Worcestershire to join the nation’s biggest tea break on 5 July to help raise money for the NHS.

Following a year like no other, the charity 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.

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.

Sophie Burt, head of the charity said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our county to come together and celebrate our amazing local Worcestershire NHS heroes."

“As a charity we have so much more to do to help our staff and services recover from the pandemic. By taking part in the NHS Big Tea, either by raising funds or by spreading the word, you will make sure the charity can continue to be there for the staff, patients and services of your local hospitals.

“We are here to help so if you want to get involved please get in touch at info@wahcharity.org or call 01905 768954.”

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. For many, this will be an outpouring of joy, celebrating the vaccine and all that it is allowing us to do again. For others, it will be an outpouring of thanks, for everything that our NHS champions have done for us. For some, sadly, it will be a moment of reflection for the loss of loved ones.

"Whatever the emotion, please join the nation’s biggest tea break to raise money for the incredible people in our NHS.”