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NHS Big Tea

The NHS Big Tea

This Monday, 5th July, it’s the NHS’ birthday and NHS Charities Together are inviting their supporters to host the Big Tea.

We’ve seen such an outpouring of support and donations towards NHS Charities Together throughout the pandemic. As a nation, we feel implored to do something to say thank you to all of the hospital key workers that have worked so tirelessly to look after us.

Fundraising to thank our keyworkers

Many people find wearing a mask to do the food shop rather uncomfortable – But the hospital workers that NHS Charities Together are fundraising for have to wear their masks for a full 12 hour shift.

All whilst they are caring for our loved ones, reassuring us or consoling us and generally just being there to do their life-saving jobs each and every day even in the face of fear.

The NHS Big Tea is fundraising in order to be able to better support the wellbeing and welfare of hospital workers – From nurses to night porters, counsellors and carers, surgeons and support workers.

All of our NHS heroes have done so much to look after us, and the Big Tea is a little way of giving back and saying thank you.

How do I sign up for the NHS Big Tea?

It’s not too late to sign up for the NHS Big Tea on Monday 5th July. Head to their website where you can sign up to be a host and receive a pack to help make it a success.

They will provide you with top tips for fundraising, posters to help spread the word and games for you and your guests to enjoy.

Take your tea party online

Of course, there are still some restrictions in place that mean that you can’t have a house full of guests enjoying some tea and cake.

The weather has certainly been a bit hit and miss, so if you’re worried about hosting it in your garden and risking everyone getting wet, why not take your NHS Big Tea online?

We’ve all used Zoom or Teams for online catch-ups and quizzes – These are also a great platform to hold your tea party online.

That way, even those working from home can attend and join you for a virtual cup of tea and a catch up from the comfort of their own house and their favourite mug.

Online fundraising pages

In-person events of this kind usually rely on cash donations in a collection tin. But cash becomes a bit trickier when it comes to Covid – Especially if you’re hosting some of your guests online!

An online fundraising page is a great way to make receiving donations easy, as well as offering a contactless payment option.

When you sign up to the NHS Big Tea, they will let you know how to set up your online fundraising page so you can take donations online.

Too late to organise?

If you’re reading this and it feels a bit too late to organise, then why not just donate to this fantastic cause instead – And invite your friends and family to do the same!

Join I nthe NHS birthday celebrations by gifting them with a donation via text message. Take 5 minutes out of your busy Monday, enjoy a hot cup of tea and give £5 towards this great charity doing so much for our NHS heroes. Don’t forget to tag your friends!

  1. Put the kettle on and take a selfie enjoying a cup of tea – Raising a mug to give thanks to our NHS.
  2. Text TEA to 70207 to give £5.
  3. Share your selfie with the hashtag #NHSBigTea, and tag 5 of your friends to encourage them to do the same!

Terms and conditions are on the NHS Charities Together website.

Why not organise your own online fundraiser?

If it’s too late for you to join in this one, maybe you can organise your own online fundraiser to boost much needed donations for your good cause.

Here at Donater, we’re passionate about providing charities and not-for-profits with an affordable way to introduce digital infrastructure to their fundraising initiatives and help them to raise more money online.

Our suite of online fundraising tools include:

  • A dedicated online fundraising page, personalised to your charity or good cause. Supporters will immediately recognise your branding and thus, trust that they are in the right place to make a donation. Online fundraising pages are easy to share online via a handy link, and can be easily linked to your website with a ‘Donate Now’ button.

  • QR codes. We’ve all become more accustomed to QR codes with the NHS Covid app, so you’ll know how quick and easy it is to scan one with your smartphone. QR codes can be just as handy for taking donations. All your supporter has to do is scan the QR code with their smartphone, and it will take them to an online donation page. Once there, they can choose to donate with a tap via Google Pay or Apple Pay, or pay with their bank details. QR codes are a great addition to any physical marketing about your event, such as posters or newsletters.

  • NFC Tags. Our NFC tags take the above QR code concept a step further, and enable any supporter of yours with an NFC enabled smartphone to merely tap the tag or sticker. They will then be taken to an online donation page where they can make their donation quickly and simply. These work better with in-person events, but could easily be placed at the entrance to your charity or on collection boxes so visitors can donate to your cause if they wish.

For more information on how Donater digital fundraising technology could help your charity, head to our website.

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