Diamond Appeal hits another target to help Hospital of St Cross

Lewis Flavell and Willy Goldschmidt trying out the new website
Lewis Flavell and Willy Goldschmidt trying out the new website
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The Hospital of St Cross is another step closer to improving its blood taking unit thanks to its fundraising group’s latest efforts.

The Friends of St Cross has raised £27,000 for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal so far.

More than 10,000 5p pieces have been deposited in the collection cylinders in the outpatients and blood taking buildings at the hospital.

Willy Goldschmidt, communications lead for the Friends, said: “We have been delighted by the community’s support for the appeal and in particular the amount collected in the cylinders which is more than £1,700.

“We estimate that this represents at least 500 individual donations.

“Each sample tube can contain £2.25 which is very much valued, as are the many larger donations we have received from more than 200 other volunteers, sponsors and business and community supporters.”

The Friends now has a brand new website thanks to a Rugby College student.

Lewis Flavell, a second year student on the FdSc computing management course, designed the website after Mr Goldschmidt approached the college to see if they could help to revamp the charity’s online presence.

The 19-year-old said: “It was a really good project to be involved with and I’m proud with what I’ve come up with for the Friends.

“It’s a good feeling to know that the website I designed is now live and being used to help local people.”

Mr Goldschmidt said: “We were impressed with all the students’ work, but Lewis’ design absolutely fulfilled the brief.

“The site is modern, fresh and easy to navigate. These days it is so important to have a good website so we can attract new volunteers and donations and let everyone know about our work.”

The new website can be seen at www.fsx.org.uk.

Tickets are still on sale for the Friends’ Christmas raffle and one of the main prizes is available to view.

The Christmas hamper is on display in the tea bar at the outpatients building.

Tickets are now on sale at the tea bar and at the premises of prize donors, including Jamesway Travel, M&M Jewellers, and Sainsbury’s Local in Clifton Road.

Raffle tickets are also on sale at Abbey News in Abbey Street and the Rugby Visitor Centre.

Email appeal@fsx.org.uk for more information.