Children at a hospital nursery in Wales will host an NHS Big Tea after benefiting from NHS Charities Together funding.

The Teddy Bear Nursery at University Hospital Llandough will hold a teddy bear’s picnic as part of the biggest outpouring of thanks for the NHS to celebrate the NHS’s birthday.

The nursery joins hundreds of individuals, community groups and organisations throughout the UK to have already signed up for the big event on 5th July, and the number is rising.

Funds raised from the NHS Big Tea will go to NHS Charities Together to support the immediate and long-term needs of NHS staff, volunteers and patients.

The Teddy Bear Nursery provided emergency childcare for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board staff so they can care for patients, and has benefited from NHS Charities Together funding via Cardiff & Vale Health Charity to install a roof on their outside decking area.

The roof allows the whole footprint of the nursery to be used and provides all weather access and ventilation so children have more space and fresh air during lockdown restrictions. It also ensures social distancing guidelines are maintained and provides children with another recreational area to learn, play and grow.

Kelly Lovell, Teddy Bear Nursery Manager, said:

“The funding from NHS Charities Together really made a huge difference to the care we were able to provide to children during the pandemic.  They had more space and fresh air to play, grow and learn.  We were delighted to get involved and plan to hold an NHS Big Tea with the children, they’re even bringing their teddies along to add to the fun.  It’s our small way of saying a big thank you.”

About the NHS Big Tea

Taking place on the NHS’s birthday on 5th July, NHS Charities Together is urging the public to join the nation’s biggest tea break and be part of a national outpouring of thanks while raising money for the incredible people in the NHS who have been there for the nation over the last year.

Everyone can take part by raising a mug or holding their own virtual or physical tea party (following the latest social distancing guidance) at 3pm on that day or at any time that suits them on or around that date.

NHS Charities Together will use the funds raised through the NHS Big Tea to increase the practical and emotional support available to NHS staff, patients and volunteers are they continue to battle the Covid crisis and start down the long road to recovery.