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Volunteers help brighten up St Cross

Anju Joshi, Alannah Evans, Michelle Plumb, Juliet Starkey, Group Manager at St Cross. Front row (l-r) Sarah Marks, Kay Holleran and Heather Green, Chairperson of The Friends

Anju Joshi, Alannah Evans, Michelle Plumb, Juliet Starkey, Group Manager at St Cross. Front row (l-r) Sarah Marks, Kay Holleran and Heather Green, Chairperson of The Friends

A dull admin office at St Cross Hospital has been converted into a facility for recently bereaved relatives thanks to local volunteers.

A team from the Rugby branch of The Coventry building society got together with The Friends of St Cross to transform the room into a lounge where relatives can meet hospital staff to receive personal effects and be advised on the relevant formalities.

The room was painted by six staff from The Coventry and the Friends funded the carpeting, new furniture and wall decorations.

Staff in the hospital were invited to propose a name for the room and the team from the Coventry picked their favourite - the Sunflower Room, suggested by Kay Holleran, an emergency nurse practitioner.

Kay said: “My inspiration for the name came from yellow being my favourite colour and I felt that a sunny and bright feel to the room would be uplifting at a time of bereavement.”

Juliet Starkey, group manager at St Cross, said: “I like many staff in the hospital, live in the town and we are also patients from time to time. So we truly appreciate all the support from the community who give to the hospital through the Friends.

“This room will make a great difference to the atmosphere in which relatives and staff meet at a difficult time”.

 

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