Thank you for supporting the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal

Jan Jones, Doug Jones, Alan Wiggins, Tracey Lennard, Sally Jones, David Proctor, Sue Jones and David Ferguson at a fundraising event at Fergusons Restaurant. Photo by Edward White.
Jan Jones, Doug Jones, Alan Wiggins, Tracey Lennard, Sally Jones, David Proctor, Sue Jones and David Ferguson at a fundraising event at Fergusons Restaurant. Photo by Edward White.

The people of Rugby have shown how much their hospital means to them by doubling the Friends of St Cross fundraising target.

The charity launched the Diamond Jubilee Appeal to mark its 60th year and aimed to raise £60,000 to fund the relocation of the blood-taking unit at St Cross.

The phlebotomy sector is one of the hospital’s busiest areas and, with 77,000 visitors last year, it desperately needed an upgrade.

And thanks to the fantastic fundraising appeal from the Friends which totalled £120,000, the brand new unit on the former Mulberry Ward was unveiled last week.

Dozens of community groups, charities, sports teams, schools and individuals have raised money for the cause, with events ranging from sponsored walks and abseiling, to climbing Ben Nevis and taking on half marathons.

The Advertiser has backed the appeal all the way and we would like to thank our readers for supporting the campaign.

Willy Goldschmidt, vice president and spokesman for the Friends, said: “During the year, the success of the appeal has enabled us to continue to meet a wide variety of requests for support from the hospital and the local community service at the Orchard Centre and we are confident that these have also made a difference to the experience of patients using these services.

“Of course the work goes on and we look forward to supporting the hospital as it expands its range of services in the coming months and years. And so we are always keen to hear from people and organisations who would like to volunteer or help with our fundraising efforts.”

The charity’s team of fund raisers have also had a busy year organising events and raised more than £12,000 through their dinner dances and various social events.

A further £10,000 was raised by a variety of special events, including the Gala Proms Concert held in October in the Temple Speech Room and presented jointly with the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore.

Advertiser editor Chris Lillington said: “The response to the Diamond Jubilee Appeal has been incredible and I would like to thank our readers for supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Friends of St Cross, or supporting the charity in any way, can visit www.fsx.org.uk