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Trust Celebrates #NHSBigTea Virtually

Trust Celebrates #NHSBigTea Virtually

Date of release: 6 July 2021

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity celebrated the #NHSBigTea virtually by providing 11,000 packs of goodies for staff and volunteers.

The Big Tea, a national celebration of the NHS on its 73rd birthday, saw the workforce from New Cross Hospital, Cannock Chase Hospital, West Park Hospital, the community sites and GP surgeries all celebrate, socially distanced, with a cuppa at 3pm on Monday.

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From left, Leanne Bood, Fundraising Co-ordinator, and Rachel Robinson, Charity and Events Organiser


The decision to celebrate virtually was due to the temporary suspension of a pilot roll-out scheme of visiting across medical and surgical wards following an increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

However, marquees outside the Emergency Department and Heart and Lung Centre at New Cross Hospital were specially decorated for the occasion to allow staff and volunteers to enjoy a socially distanced brew, while tea-themed activities took place virtually.

Councillor Greg Brackenridge, the Mayor of Wolverhampton officially opened the ceremony virtually at 3pm. He said: “On behalf of everyone in Wolverhampton and the surrounding area, we are extremely proud of everything you have done to keep us safe – we know how important you are. The NHS is the best example of what Britain has done.”

Outpouring of Thanks awards were presented virtually by members of the Trust’s executives to staff. The winners received framed certificates for making a difference to patients’ lives, their families and colleagues.

These went to Mike Grinsell, volunteer (at West Park Hospital), Sally Whitehouse, Healthcare Assistant from the Phoenix Centre (for the Community), Prescribing Support Team (for GP practices) and volunteers the League of Friends (for Cannock Chase Hospital). Councillor Sandra Samuels, Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton and a retired nurse, presented an Outpouring of Thanks award to the Respiratory Physio Team (for New Cross Hospital).

Generous donations from Costa, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco enabled the Trust to hand out fantastic prizes to staff who won a tea-themed word search, while an ongoing online competition saw colleagues asked to guess how many tea bags were in a vase.

Leanne Bood, Fundraising Coordinator, said: “We were delighted to be able to stage the Big Tea celebrations, albeit virtually, and it was wonderful that so many staff enjoyed a socially distanced cuppa. It was unfortunate we couldn’t stage live events, but it didn’t stop staff enjoying the #NHSBigTea.”

Personal Care Packs, a social enterprise who produce customised care and wellbeing items for the NHS, supplied the packs to for staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare Trust. All profits from the sales of care packs are gifted to its sister charity, Giving World. 

Sujata Sabharwal, Director of Personal Care Packs, said: “We are delighted and honoured to work with RWT and WHT on their Big Tea initiative, putting together 16,000 Big Tea snack packs to say a huge thank you to frontline staff.”

While the Big Tea was a chance to celebrate the NHS, it remains a challenging time for staff. In view of this, the Chaplaincy Team placed a prayer tree and rainbow prayer cards in the chapels at New Cross Hospital, Cannock Chase Hospital and in the first floor meeting room at West Park Hospital.

This gesture gave staff the opportunity to quietly reflect for a short time and to complete a prayer request and hang it on the tree, if they so wished. The team also ensured information leaflets and cards were available for staff to access bereavement or occupational health or chaplaincy support, if required.

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