Friends of St Cross spend millions on healthcare services to help Rugby patients

Trustees of the Friends, representatives from UHCW Charity and staff from the hospital with the Retinal Screening Van
Trustees of the Friends, representatives from UHCW Charity and staff from the hospital with the Retinal Screening Van

A hospital charity has announced it has spent more than £3 million on equipment and projects since it was set up 60 years ago.

The Friends of St Cross published its Gift List for 2014 and announced the grand total spent on Tuesday.

The charity, which is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year with an appeal to improve the blood taking unit, supports the Hospital of St Cross, community services and mental health services in Rugby.

Andy Hardy, chief executive officer of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, the trust that runs St Cross, said: “We are deeply grateful for the support of the Friends which has done so much for St Cross through its fantastic record of donations and the superb voluntary services which has helped us expand our service in Rugby. We now carry out over 70 per cent of all hip and knee surgery performed by the Trust at St Cross which is partly enabled by equipment provided by the Friends for both the theatres and the post operation rehabilitation of patients.”

Juliet Starkey, general manager at the Hospital of St Cross ,said: “Friends volunteers make a great difference to the patient experience with services such as dementia friends and patient feeding.”

The Friends have made a number of memorable donations, including the Retinal Screening Van, with the help of the UCHW charity.