A business owner has pledged his support for the Friends of St Cross Diamond Jubilee Appeal after the hospital saved his life eight years ago.
James Pak, of Jamesway Travel in Rugby, has donated more than £1,000 to the Friends.
He recently presented a cheque to the group for £500 and has also donated a £500 travel voucher to the auction which will be hosted by the Friends at next year’s annual Black Tie Dinner Dance.
James has also given a £100 voucher as a prize for the Christmas raffle.
James said: “I have been personally aware of the wonderful job that St Cross does for over 40 years - ever since a close friend contracted leukaemia and my mother started to work there as an auxiliary.
“Eight years ago staff in casualty saved my life when I turned up at their door feeling poorly and they correctly diagnosed that I was having a major heart event.
“They gave me clot busting drugs and I am here today thanks to them.
“I am delighted to support the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal as they do fabulous work and I know are well regarded by many of our customers who I see when I use the blood-taking service.”
Willy Goldschmidt, spokesman for the Friends, said: “It is great to have such strong support for the appeal from business and community organisations and to see the variety of ways in which they have chosen to raise funds.
“James has said he will think of other ways he can support us which is fantastic.
“We are keen to hear from other businesses who would like to support the appeal.”
For businesses and groups who would like more information on supporting The Friends of St Cross Diamond Jubilee Appeal email Appeal@fsx.org.uk.
About the Diamond Jubilee Appeal:
The Friends of St Cross hope to raise £60,000 to help pay for improvements to the hospital’s blood-taking services.
Visit www.localgiving.com/friendsdiamondjubilee to make a donation.
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