Circus steps up to help Friends of St Cross

Willy Goldschmidt, Los Remaches International Clowns from Spain, Kathryn Lawrence and Martyn Williams. Photo by George Ballard.
Willy Goldschmidt, Los Remaches International Clowns from Spain, Kathryn Lawrence and Martyn Williams. Photo by George Ballard.

A circus company is asking crowds to roll up, enjoy the show and help support a hospital charity.

The Charles Chipperfield Circus will donate to the Friends of St Cross when it comes to town next week.

Martyn Williams, project manager for the circus, said: “We are delighted to support the Friends, which we understand is the Mayor’s Charity, by holding a collection at both performances on Friday March 19 and hope that the special offer price of just £6.99 will attract a bumper, generous crowd.

“In addition, my family and the entire company is especially grateful for the excellent treatment and service we have had from the NHS in recent times and would like to say thank you to all NHS staff and their families.

“Staff showing their NHS IDs at the booking office will be able to buy half price tickets for any of the performances between March 18 and 22, other than the performance on the 19 which is discounted for all.”

The circus will be set up at Whitehall Recreation Ground, Rugby.

It is fantastic that we have achieved so much support from the business community from far and wide

Willy Goldschmidt, communications lead for the Friends

Contractors working on an out of town shopping park have also supported the Friends’ Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Barr Construction, the main contractor at Elliott’s Field, in Leicester Road, has donated £100 to the Friends of St Cross. Matthew Welstead, environmental and corporate social responsibility co-ordinator for the firm, said: “We like to make a positive impact on the community that we are working in and chose to make this donation to the Friends charity because of its local proximity and the great support they provide to the hospital.”

Willy Goldschmidt, communications lead for the Friends, said: “It is fantastic that we have achieved so much support from the business community from far and wide and look forward to hearing from other local businesses who would like to support the charity and the fabulous staff at St Cross.”

The Friends of St Cross is also receiving support from Asda and Nationwide Building Society.

The fundraising group has been nominated to receive a donation from the companies and has made it to the final round.

Supporters can vote for the Friends in any local branch or store until the end of March.

To find out more about the Diamond Jubilee Appeal, volunteering at the hospital and the work of the Friends of St Cross, go to www.fsx.org.uk or phone the office on (01788) 663754.