About the NHS Birthday

On 5 July 2022, the NHS celebrated 74 years of service. This milestone presented us with opportunities to showcase how the NHS has innovated and adapted to meet the changing needs of each successive generation.

As part of the birthday celebrations, NHS Charities Together asked NHS Trusts and Charities across the UK to take part in the biggest NHS Big Tea ever. This gave NHS staff, patients and communities a chance to come together for a moment of thanks after what has been a challenging couple of years, and to raise money to help the NHS go that bit further for our staff and patients. In tandem with the NHS’ 74 birthday, health and social workers also took the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their incredible role taking care of the public, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Over the last two years NHS Charities Together funded over 600 projects in every Trust and Health Board across the UK to support staff, patients and volunteers from counselling and wellbeing rooms, to specialist equipment and training for volunteers. This year, NHS Charities Together aimed to make the event the biggest NHS Big Tea to date, with a collective fundraising target of over £775,000.

We all played a role in supporting the NHS in this birthday year, by volunteering, raising money for a local NHS charity, or by taking steps to look after our own health and using services wisely.

Thank you for taking part and for continuing to support the NHS in a challenging environment.