The Rugby Friendship Centre gives St Cross appeal a helping hand

Elizabeth Lambert presents the cheque to Friends Trustees Tracey Lennard, Doris Froggatt and Willy Goldschmidt. Photo by George Ballard.
Elizabeth Lambert presents the cheque to Friends Trustees Tracey Lennard, Doris Froggatt and Willy Goldschmidt. Photo by George Ballard.
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The Rugby Friendship Centre is the latest community group to support the Friends of St Cross Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

The appeal has raised more than £108,000 to help fund the relocation of the Hospital of St Cross blood-taking unit.

At the friendship group’s annual general meeting, held at the Hoskyn Centre, the president, Elizabeth Lambert, presented a cheque for £600 to representatives from the hospital charity.

Elizabeth said: “The Friendship Centre arranges a wide variety of social events for members of the community and as part of this we like to support local charities.

“This donation is our way of saying thank you to all the Friends of the Hospital of St Cross for working for us all and for keeping our hospital’s services local to Rugby.”

David Goode, the group’s treasurer, said: “The money was raised through a wide variety of activities including a bring-and-buy sale, monthly quiz sheets, members’ morning collections and personal donations.”

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Friends, Tracey Lennard, chairperson of the Friends Fundraising Sub-committee, said: “It fills me with pride to raise funds for the charity and then to be present when we donate equipment to the hospital or community service which we know will make a real difference to the people of Rugby.”

Work on the hospital’s new blood-taking unit has begun, with the facility expected to be operational from December.

For more information about the Friends of St Cross, its fundraising events and how to support it, go to www.fsx.org.uk