Funds stack up for Rugby hospital appeal

The Friends are on their way to hitting their �60,000 target - thanks to you
The Friends are on their way to hitting their �60,000 target - thanks to you

The Friends of St Cross has been named a Rugby group’s Charity of the Year to support its Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club has selected The Friends as its Charity of the Year and has pledged to support its latest appeal in a number of ways.

The club presented The Friends with a cheque for £2,000 last week.

Mike Hutton, president of Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club, said: “St Cross is a valued, essential part of Rugby town and really merits the support of all the citizens and the Rotarians.”

Club members held a golf day to raise money for the appeal and are inviting the community to run in aid of The Friends at the Run for Rotary event on September 28 at Draycote. Adults can enter the 10km course and children can take part in a free 1 km fun run or a 2km cycle.

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Willy Goldschmidt, spokesman for The Friends, said: “It is great to have such strong support for the appeal from business and community organisations and to see the variety of ways in which they have chosen to raise funds.

“We are keen to hear from other companies, clubs and societies from the town who wish to become involved.

“In particular, we would love to have a bumper set of prizes for this year’s Christmas Raffle.”

The Friends of St Cross hope to raise £60,000 in this, their diamond jubilee year, to help pay for improvements to the hospital’s blood-taking service – the busiest at the Barby Road site

Visit to donate, email to find out how to get involved or call (01788) 663754 for more information

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