An event held in July last year, to mark the 70th anniversary of
the start of the NHS, was so successful that it's being repeated
The Big NHS Tea party, in the grounds of Darlington Memorial
Hospital, on the afternoon of 5th July last year, was just one of a
number of celebrations held by County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust across its sites. Attended by staff,
patients, local residents and others, including MP for Darlington,
Jenny Chapman, the garden party raised £1,000 for the Trust's
charity, which supports the Trust through donations and legacies,
to deliver a wide range of projects making a difference to patient
care and experience.
There's a national campaign throughout the NHS to 'do it all
again', so the hospital's estates and facilities team will once
again pull out all the stops to make the day a memorable one,
hosting the event on Friday 5th July from 2.00-4.00pm. Not
only will they be making hundreds of cupcakes, cups of tea and
other goodies to sell, they'll also be using the traditional
outdoor games they made for last year's event, including a
coconut shy, 'beat the goalie' and mini golf - all of which
proved very popular. There will also be a plant sale.
Similar events are planned across the country and the Trust hopes
to emulate the celebration at some of its other hospitals across
County Durham. It also wants to hear from anyone keen to run
their own celebration in aid of the charity.
Charity manager, Pat Chambers, said, "The atmosphere last year
was fantastic, so celebratory and a chance to reflect back on the
enormous achievements over the last 71 years in bringing excellent
care to our patients, embracing new technology, scientific research
and ensuring we're a great place to work for our 7,000 staff.
The money raised at these events will certainly make a
"We're also currently raising money to extend the chemotherapy
day unit at University Hospital of North Durham. The
treatments now available plus early diagnosis have resulted in
unprecedented demand on the unit. The new unit will be
much more spacious, offering patients the privacy and dignity they
need to help them through their treatment."
"If anyone is interesting in becoming a Charity Volunteer or in
fundraising for us either in holding a Big Tea event, or in any
other way, please ring us on 01325 743781 or email:
Published 17th June 2019
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital