FAQs

NHS charities

1. What is the Big 7Tea?
The Big7Tea is a chance for people up and down the country to come together and celebrate 70 years of the NHS. And what better way to do this than with a cup of tea? It will be the moment where everyone can get involved in the 70th anniversary celebrations by sharing a welcome drink and their stories of thanks, while raising some money for one of over 250 dedicated NHS charities
2. What are NHS charities?
NHS charities are charities that are dedicated to supporting the NHS. There are over 250 of them across the UK.
3. What do NHS charities do?
Most of them focus on helping hospitals to do more. From supporting research and development, to brightening up hospital environments, to donating state-of- the-art technologies and equipment, the charities raise funds and mobilise volunteers, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts. You can read more about some of the work NHS charities do here.
4. Are these charities just propping up the NHS?
No, but they do help the NHS do much more than they otherwise could. People have been giving money to NHS hospitals since well before the NHS was created. They help the health service provide treatments and services they would not otherwise be able to fund. These treatments help improve the wellbeing of patients and save lives. You can read more about some of the work NHS charities do here.
5. Lots of charities support the NHS. Why are they not all involved in the Big 7Tea?
There are lots of charities in the UK focused on healthcare, but The Big 7Tea is being organised specifically by NHS charities. NHS charities have a particular focus whereby they only fund activity that supports the NHS directly. They might work with a particular hospital or NHS trust – either way you know your donations are going to help the NHS.
6. Are all NHS charities involved? Why can’t I find the one I want to support?
More than 70 NHS charities have already signed up to be part of the Big 7Tea and that number is increasing daily. If the NHS charity you want to support is not listed why not get in touch with them directly and encourage them to take part? We would love to hear from them and they can email us at info@nhsbig7tea.co.uk to get involved.

Finding an NHS charity:

7. How can I find an NHS charity to support?
Want to support an NHS charity? Great! Search through our list of charities. You can search for a particular charity name, the name of the hospital you want to support, or by region.
8. I’d like to support my local hospital charity but I can’t find it on the list. What should I do?
The Big 7Tea is open to all NHS charities. If the charity that you want to support is not listed, why not get in touch with them directly and encourage them to take part? We would love to hear from them at info@nhsbig7tea.co.uk

Hosting a Big 7Tea

9. Can anyone host a Big 7Tea?
Yes they can. Anyone can host a Big 7Tea. It might be a few friends getting together, or you might want to plan something bigger in your community or workplace. It is totally up to you.
10. How do I host a Big 7Tea?
It’s easy. First decide which NHS charity you want to support. Find them by searching here and download their Big 7Tea pack. Decide where and when you want to hold your tea party and invite your friends or colleagues. Enjoy the party, collect your donations and then simply pay them in here to your chosen charity
11. Does my Big 7Tea have to be on 5 th July?
Not necessarily. Although Thursday 5 th July is the actual 70 th Birthday of the NHS you can hold your Big 7Tea on the date that works best for you and your guests.
12. How can I get my hands on a Big 7Tea kit?
You can do it online. The Big 7Tea kit contains bundles of stuff to help you organise your event. Simply search for the charity you want to support and download their Big 7Tea pack. If you aren’t at a computer don’t worry - when you register for your pack you will be sent a link so that you can get straight back to the download page when you are ready.

Raising Money

13. How do I raise money?
There are many ways. Perhaps the easiest thing is to ask your guests for a donation. You could also hold a raffle, a competition or something else – it's entirely up to you but the more fun the better.
14. Do I have to collect the money myself?
It is up to you. You can either collect the money yourself and pay it in in one go to your chosen charity by finding it here or your guests can pay in themselves. And don’t forget that some employers offer to match money that their employees raise for charity so it is always worth asking.
15. What if I want to hold a Big 7Tea to say thank you but I don’t want to collect donations?
That's fine, it is totally up to you whether you want to collect donations or not at your Big 7Tea.

Paying in Money or Making a Donation

16. How do I pay in my money?
It’s simple. You can pay in here using a debit card or a credit card. You will be asked to choose the NHS charity that you want to support and you will be redirected to their fundraising page to make the donation. If you are hosting a tea party and collecting cash donations on the day, you can pay the money into your personal account and then transfer it all to the charity here
17. Can I make a general donation without choosing a charity, or without joining or hosting a Big 7Tea?
Yes. You can donate here using a debit or credit card. All donations made to NHS Charities Together will be shared equally among all the participating charities. The money raised will go into a ring-fenced special purpose fund held by Imperial Health Charity (Registered Charity number 1166084) before being distributed; Imperial Health Charity will not make any administration or management charge for doing so and 100% of the money received will be distributed to the participating charities.
If you would like to pay by cheque please email us at info@nhsbig7tea.co.uk for more information.

Contact us

If you have any questions you can contact us at info@nhsbig7tea.co.uk