Southmead Hospital Charity is looking for people to get involved in celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS this year.

The National Health Service is 70 years old on July 5 2018 and Southmead Hospital Charity has got lots planned to mark the occasion and say thank you to the NHS and its staff.

Southmead Hospital Charity are asking people to think of simple ways that they can raise £70 in 70 days between April 26 to July 5 to help the charity to continue its  work in funding specialist medical equipment, supporting pioneering medical research projects and improving the hospital environment for patients and their families.

It could be something as simple as popping £1 in your donation pot every day for 70 days, or instead of buying your usual takeaway coffee save the money to reach £70.

Perhaps you could walk to work instead of catching the bus or driving and donate the saved fare/petrol/parking money?

Or you could organise a cake sale or fancy dress day at school, nursery, work or in your community to raise £70.

Maybe you could sell some of our special NHS70 raffle tickets to your friends, family or neighbours?

Elizabeth Bond, Southmead Hospital Charity’s head of fundraising, said: “We’re so proud of the NHS services that we support and the staff that care for thousands of patients every day.

“The NHS is supported by 250 charities that enable hospitals to reach new levels of care and treatments for future generations –  you can make a real difference to the NHS where you live by getting involved in our NHS70 celebrations.

“To celebrate the NHS’s big 70th anniversary, Southmead Hospital Charity is preparing to give a special ‘birthday gift’ to North Bristol NHS Trust on July 5.”

Across the country people will be hosting a Big7tea tea party to raise money for hospital charities as a thank you to the NHS.

And Southmead Hospital Charity will be holding our own Big7tea to enable people to share a cup of tea and their stories of what the NHS means to them.

Adrian Brown, Southmead Hospital Charity’s community appeals manager, said: “We’d love to see you at our Big7tea on July 5 in the atrium of Southmead Hospital to join us for a cuppa and cake for a suggested donation.

“Even better is if you’d like to host your own Big7tea at home, work, school or in your local community and raise money for Southmead Hosptial Charity please get in touch with the team for a free fundraising pack.

“Remember you can raise money for the general hospital, a department that is close to your heart or for our Prostate Cancer Care Appeal to buy a second surgical robot to treat more urological cancers and save more lives.”

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