Glamorous evening helps set fundraising record for Friends of St Cross

Fundraising Committee members  David Potter, Doug Jones, Julie Gordon, Tracey Lennard, Jean Thompson, Jan Jones and Alan Wiggins. Photo by Jamie Gray.
Fundraising Committee members David Potter, Doug Jones, Julie Gordon, Tracey Lennard, Jean Thompson, Jan Jones and Alan Wiggins. Photo by Jamie Gray.

A glamorous black tie dinner helped set a fundraising record for a hardworking hospital charity.

The Friends of St Cross held its annual black tie dinner to raise funds for equipment and services at the town’s hospital.

More than 100 guests were entertained by the Me and MyShadow duet of Nathan Dowling and Kenny Robinson and the talented Sally Jones.

The evening’s raffle and auction included Ferrari, Porsche and VW driving experiences donated by Meridien Modena, Porsche Silverstone and Listers Nuneaton respectively, a London concert weekend donated by Jamesway Travel, dinner for two, a signed photograph of Sir Clive Woodward and six bottles of wine donated by the Butcher’s Arms in Priors Hardwick, a pair of diamond earrings donated by J Parriss Jewellers, and a venetian glass chandelier donated by Samantha Lennard and Barry Grout.

The auction raised £1,560 and the overall total for the event was £5,015 – a Friends of St Cross record for a single fundraising event.

A further £750 was raised for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal by the residents of Hannover Court who held a Coffee and Cake event. They also sold books, hand-knitted items and jewellery.

Tony Mann, vice president of Rugby Town Football Club, recently held his 70th birthday party at the club’s VS Bar. In lieu of presents, Tony asked guests to make donations to the Friends of St Cross.