Thurlaston Ladies Club supports Friends of St Cross appeal

Tony Cousins from the Friends of St Cross with members of Thurlaston Ladies Club. Photo by Bob Mercer.
Tony Cousins from the Friends of St Cross with members of Thurlaston Ladies Club. Photo by Bob Mercer.
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Generous members of a community group made a donation to the Friends of St Cross after a visit from one of the charity’s Roadshow team.

The Thurlaston Ladies Club invited Roadshow member Tony Cousins to their village hall meeting to talk about the history of the town’s hospital and fundraising group.

Anne Boulton, member of the Ladies Club and former radiographer at the Hospital of St Cross, said members hold monthly raffles at meetings.

The group, which is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, donates money from each meeting and holds events such as a bring and buy sale.

The club donated £400 to the Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

After hearing about the charitable tradition of the club, Mr Cousins gave a short talk about the history of the hospital, which opened in 1884 thanks to Richard Wood’s donation of land, the original building and an initial trust fund, which was equivalent to £13million in today’s money.

The hospital continued to depend on charity until the formation of the NHS in 1948.

Since its foundation in 1955 the Friends has donated a variety of equipment and supported projects, spending in excess of £3.1million over the years.

The charity encourages requests for equipment which are over and above the essential and either improves the patient experience or helps bring services closer to the people of Rugby.

Visit www.fsx.org.uk