Coronavirus: Celebrate National Tea Day by brewing a cuppa and supporting the NHS

Today - Tuesday April 21 - is National Tea Day and the organisers are asking people to brew up a cuppa and help raise funds for the NHS.

National Tea Day, now in its fifth year, aims to bring people together to ease loneliness, but this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is holding a virtual tea party on Facebook.

The team behind it have pledged to deliver 10,000 plus tea kits to care homes and hospitals and they need the public’s help to reach that target! Each £10 donation will additionally support Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity, to help bring people together over a cup of tea.

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National Tea Day 2020 has created a pledge scheme to ensure that no one is left out. 7 out of 10 people know someone who is lonely and this National Tea Day, you can help bring that number down with a generous act of kindness via a donation of tea and teatime treats that will help combat that feeling of isolation.

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Donations will fund par-tea packs, of tea, cakes, biscuits and balloons, for the lonely, vulnerable and heroic, by provisioning Barchester and Audley care homes and Nuffield Health hospitals, which have been made available to support NHS trusts in this difficult time.

Every £10 donation will not only ensure par-tea packs get to those who need them most but also provide £4 to UK’s leading mental health charity and National Tea Day partner, Mind, to support those dealing with isolation and combatting loneliness.

Diaz Ayub, National Tea Day Founder, commented: “Our mission is to bring people together and make them feel part of something special. We believe in the power of tea to unite us in times of need, helping combat feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression. Your generous pledges will help us provide care homes and NHS hospitals with more than 10,000 party packs and make a difference to many more through our charity partnership with Mind.

“It’s never been more important to talk about the mental impact of isolation and loneliness. That’s why we’re proud to support Mind as our official charity partner in raising awareness around mental health. We would love to see everyone get involved, come together, and share a virtual brew on National Tea Day 2020.”

To find out more, and donate to the National Tea Day 2020 pledge, visit: www.gofundme.com/f/solidaritea-2020

For details about joining in the Facebook tea party visit www.nationalteaday.co.uk.