Flying start to appeal to support Rugby’s hospital

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The Friends of St Cross Diamond Jubilee Appeal has got off to a flying start with donations flooding in through a number of fundraising events.

We at the Advertiser are asking readers to ‘Be a Diamond’ and support the cause. The charity hopes to raise £60,000 over the next 12 months to help pay for a new blood-taking unit at the Hospital of St Cross.

A brave pair from Rugby have taken on an adrenaline-pumping abseiling challenge to support the appeal – and one of them is afraid of heights.

Adrian Hartopp and Paul Davison made their way down the West Orchard Centre in Coventry on Saturday and have raised over £600 so far.

Paul said he was thrilled to have completed the 112ft abseil and face his fears, having taken on the challenge after his mother-in-law received care at St Cross following cardiac surgery.

Adrian said he was extremely grateful for the sponsorship he had received so far.

He added: “The Friends are a fantastic charity and your generosity is greatly appreciated.”

The event was organised by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity who offered The Friends spaces in the programme.

Willy Goldschmidt, spokesman for The Friends, said: “Thanks to UHCW Charity for their support. This was a great outcome and we look forward to taking part in lots more of their events in the near future.”

Paul and Adrian’s fundraising pages will be open for another month. To pledge your support visit and

The Friends fundraising sub committee also held their first Wild West Hoe Down at Woolscott’s Castle Keep. It raised £2,820 and the team performed a dance number that got the party going. The auction and raffle accounted for £1,000 of the total and prizes included a Porsche Boxster for the weekend donated by The Porsche Centre, Towcester, and a £100 travel voucher donated by Jamesway Travel.

Tracey Lennard, chairman of the Friends fundraising sub committee, said: “It was a fantastic event and 77 people came along to enjoy the dance.

“The money will make a big difference and we have lots of exciting events coming soon.”

For more information visit The Friends Facebook page Facebook/TheFriendsoftheHospitalofStCross.

Email to tell us how you’re supporting the appeal.

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