Dr Ranj & Charles Venn call on Blackpool to raise a cuppa for the NHS Big Tea

Blue Skies is urging NHS staff and supporters in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to ‘raise a cuppa’ and celebrate the NHS birthday on Friday 5 July.

TV’s Dr Ranj Singh and Casualty star Charles Venn were joined by NHS staff at St George’s Hospital in London to celebrate the launch of the NHS Big Tea campaign last week.

Now Blue Skies, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is calling on everyone who loves the NHS to get behind the campaign and host their own tea party with friends, family and colleagues.

Thousands of tea parties are set to take place across the country as the nation comes together to mark the NHS birthday and raise money for NHS charities.

Dr Ranj Singh said: “The NHS has been a huge part of my life – as it has for millions of people across the country. Our fantastic health service is the envy of the world and the NHS staff who provide such outstanding care for patients every day are extraordinary people.”

There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK. Many of them focus on helping our hospitals do more, while others support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

Charles Venn said: “The NHS is a national treasure for a reason – it is there for us all in our time of need, no matter what.

“That’s why I want you all to join together on 5 July and show the NHS just how much we love it, by raising a cuppa in support of NHS charities across the country. Let’s celebrate the amazing work they do day in and day out to help people and their families.”

The campaign is being led by NHS Charities Together, which is the national association for NHS charities.

For more information about the NHS Big Tea or to order a pack to plan your own event, visit the Blue Skies website at www.bfwh.nhs.uk/blueskies/nhs-big-tea/