Friends of St Cross appeal raises more than £100,000 to relocate blood taking unit

Trustee Ian Southcott presents the cheque to representatives of the Friends and the hospital
Trustee Ian Southcott presents the cheque to representatives of the Friends and the hospital

An appeal to help relocate the Hospital of St Cross’ blood taking unit has secured more than £100,000.

The Friends of St Cross launched the Diamond Jubilee Appeal last year to mark its 60th anniversary.

And, thanks to a generous donation of £20,000 from The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund, the charity now has £108,000 to spend on the project.

Benevolent Fund Trustee, Ian Southcott, said: “The trustees were pleased to support the Diamond Jubilee Appeal and the phlebotomy relocation roject, in particular as we recognise the excellent work of the charity over the years.

“We can see that this project will make a real difference to the many people who attend the service now and in the future.”

Willy Goldschmidt, vice chairman of the Friends, said: “As a result of the success of the appeal, the Friends is now in active discussions with the Trust as to ways in which the charity can support the continued expansion of Day Surgery and Children’s Outpatients at St Cross. No timetable has been set for these projects but we hope to make further announcements in the coming months.”

Work on the phlebotomy unit has got underway, with buildings being demolished to make way for the new car park. Building work is expected to be completed in November, with the unit becoming operational in December.

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