Sir Quentin Blake teams up with NHS-OS to create exclusive range of charity mugs to raise money for NHS Charities Together

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World-renowned British artist and illustrator of Roald Dahl’s infamous books, Sir Quentin Blake (88), has teamed up with north London charity, NHS-OS to design a new range of mugs to raise money for NHS Charities Together. 

The mugs will help raise further funds for the charity, and for the NHS, which is approaching its 72nd Birthday on 5th July.

Having been inspired by the legendary efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore, Sir Quentin wanted to do something to help the charity reach their new £100 million fundraising target.

After being contacted about the idea by NHS-OS, a charity initiative set up by a North London couple, he created the three striking rainbow designs. 

The rainbow has become a symbol of solidarity throughout the pandemic and is featured on each mug.

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Rainbow Hat Dog Kennel Children on Plates

Available in three beautiful designs painted by Sir Quentin during lockdown, the NHS rainbow mugs feature his unique style in the form of an NHS-inspired illustration.

Supporters can choose from the Rainbow Hat, Dog Kennel, or Children on Plates designs. 

The ‘Rainbow Hat’ design recognises that even when times have been hard during lockdown, there’s been a symbol of hope that has seen us through.

The ‘Dog Kennel’ has been designed to show how the smaller things in life can give us hope and that the lockdown will eventually ease, while ‘Children on Plates’ shows us that soon we will all be back together again and reunited with our loved ones, appreciating what we had more than ever. 

With 100% of all profits going to NHS Charities Together, this project allows the nation to show their support for the NHS and its incredible staff, as well as helping fund pioneering research and the purchase of medical equipment and helping patients to access the best possible care when they need it most.

Sir Quentin Blake said: “The Rainbows seem to be doing a lot of travelling and I’m extremely pleased that they’ve found their way onto the side of these mugs to benefit the NHS.”

Beverley Calvert of NHS-OS said: “As lockdown eases, and many return to work, what better way to show our friends and colleagues that we supported the NHS, than by toasting them with a cup of tea or coffee each and every day, and with that iconic symbol on the side of our mug for all to see, knowing we donated in solidarity.”

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together said, “I grew up with Roald Dahl and Sir Quentin’s illustrations and I love these mugs to bits, so it’s such an incredible fundraising initiative and the challenge for the NHS to move into the next phase poses new challenges.”

“NHS charities are there to support the NHS; continuing and sustaining fundraising in this way will ensure that prioritising the well-being of NHS staff, volunteers and patients as we move into a long recovery and co-exiting with COVID phase is vital.” 

Fashion retailer, SkinnydipLondon is facilitating all selling and distribution on a not-for-profit basis with 100% of all profits being donated to NHS Charities Together.

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