Friends of St Cross cap off a successful year with carol concerts

Warwick Diatonic Choir preparing to sing at the concert
Warwick Diatonic Choir preparing to sing at the concert

The Friends of St Cross capped off a successful year of fundraising with two carol concerts.

A carol concert, organised by the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore, featured a performance by the Dunchurch Singers and raised money for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal, which has helped pay for the relocation of the blood-taking unit at St Cross.

The popular event was then followed by a concert organised by Friends of St Cross fund raiser Tracey Lennard and her team of helpers. The musical event featured a performance from the Warwick Diatonic Choir.

The charity rounded off the year by drawing the Christmas raffle. It was drawn by Su Tarling who travelled to Argentina in August to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games. She competed in various events, achieving three Gold medals in the 20km cycle road race, virtual triathlon and 5km team road run, a further two silvers in 50m breaststroke and individual 5km road race.

Su received two life saving liver transplants back in 2001and 2003. She was incredibly proud to wear the British kit and represent our country.

She said: “It is a pleasure to help with the annual Christmas raffle for the Friends of St Cross and to help them in their Diamond Jubilee year which has been so successful.”

The Diamond Jubilee Appeal set out to raise £60,000 but it is anticipated that it will have generated £127,000 by the New Year.

To acknowledge the charity’s hardwork, the new blood-taking unit has been named after the Friends.

Willy Goldschmidt, vice president and spokesman for the Friends, said: “We are truly humbled by this level of support which has enabled us to carry on meeting requests for support while delivering the Friends Blood Taking Unit of which we are immensely proud.”

When the appeal was launched, the Friends asked whether the public might donate their spare change and 5p pieces in particular. The phlebotomy team built on the suggestion by offering specimen jars for people to use as collecting jars. Over 45,000 5p pieces have now been deposited in the collecting drums in the hospital - equivalent to 1,000 jars.

The Friends will continue to raise funds and donate equipment to the Hospital of St Cross.

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