Former Mayor of Rugby’s ‘end of year bash’ supports the Friends of St Cross

Members of the Friends of St Cross with Jashwinder Nandra of Punjabi Foods
Members of the Friends of St Cross with Jashwinder Nandra of Punjabi Foods

The former Mayor of Rugby’s end of year ‘charity bash’ has raised nearly £2,000 for a hospital charity.

Former Mayor, Ramesh Srivastava, organised a cultural fundraiser to support his Charity of the Year, the Friends of St Cross.

More than 200 guests attended the event at the Benn Hall and were entertained with sitar music, an Indian dance demonstration and a brief talk about One Britain One Nation, which was in keeping with the former Mayor’s theme of peace and unity.

Willy Goldschmidt, vice chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said: “We have been honoured by the Mayor choosing the Friends as his charity and are most grateful for the warmth of support that the charity has received from the Mayor, who attended many of our fund-raising events, and helped us to broaden our connection with the community, which was one of the principle aims of the Diamond Jubilee Appeal.”

The event raised more than £1,600 for the Mayor’s charity, including a cheque for £200 from Jashwinder Nandra of Punjabi Foods, Coventry, who catered the event.

Councillor Srivastava will present a cheque for the total donated to the Mayor’s Charity at the Friends of St Cross annual general meeting.

The Friends has also received £200 from the Asda Foundation, £100 from Nationwide Building Society, and £1,000 from Rugby Rokeby Lions Club.