Friends of St Cross help patients recover and relax at Rugby’s hospital

Staff nurse Jeanette Patlow and activities co-ordinator Leonora Brown from St Cross trying out the new chairs
Staff nurse Jeanette Patlow and activities co-ordinator Leonora Brown from St Cross trying out the new chairs

The Friends of St Cross has donated nearly 40 bedside chairs to help support patients at the hospital.

The chairs have legs of different lengths to assist patients of various heights.

They aim to improve patient comfort and reduce the risk of pressure sores.

Several hospital wards have benefited from the 36 chairs.

The equipment donation was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Ladies Section of Rugby Golf Club, whose captain, Caroline Brown, selected the Friends as her Charity of the Year last year.

Caroline presented a cheque for £2,100 to the charity.

She said: “Charity begins at home and the majority of the members at RGC are local people who will benefit from the services provided by St Cross Hospital.

“It was, and still is, a cornerstone of our community which needs the support of local people.”

Willy Goldschmidt, communications lead for the Friends of St Cross, said: “We are delighted to receive the support of a wide range of clubs and societies in the community.

“We offer free roadshows at which members of the charity attend meetings to inform them about the history of the hospital and its engagement with the voluntary sector.”

The Diamond Jubilee Appeal total has now reached £20,092.

Donations given in memory of friends and relatives account for almost £2,000 of the total.

Collecting cylinders at the hospital have now accumulated more than £1,000, with more than 6,000 5 pence coins being donated, as well as notes.

Joan Jesson, president of the Friends of St Cross, said: “This is brilliant news. The engagement with the community is fantastic and we are most grateful for their support.”

The Friends will be holding a ‘Cuppa and Crafts’ event at Paddox Methodist Hall on the September 20 from 2pm to 4pm.

On September 27 there will be a ‘Cuppa and Books’ event at Bilton Methodist Church from 10am to 12pm, followed by a book sale in Clock Towers shopping centre, Rugby, on October 4.