Golf day raises more than £4k for Friends of St Cross

Stan Bird, Grant Morris, Heather Green, Willy Goldschmidt, Steve Lomasney. Photo by Bob Mercer.
Stan Bird, Grant Morris, Heather Green, Willy Goldschmidt, Steve Lomasney. Photo by Bob Mercer.

A golf day has raised £4,500 to help relocate St Cross’ blood taking unit.

Avon Timber, in Coventry, held a corporate golf day in aid of the Friends of St Cross’ Diamond Jubilee Appeal, which saw 77 golfers from all over the country compete.

The appeal will fund the relocation of the phlebotomy unit. Work on the project has already started and the new section of the hospital should be operational from December.

The golf day funds were raised through a mixture of sponsorship from suppliers, customer donations and a raffle held on the day, which was a great success.

Tony Cousins, Vice President of the Friends, gave a brief talk about the charity prior to the prize giving and guests were most interested to hear that many people from Coventry are patients at St Cross, which now carries out over 70 per cent of the hip and knee replacements undertaken by the NHS Trust which also manages University Hospital in Coventry.

Mark Woolerton, of Avon Timber, explained that the firm was founded in Rugby before relocating to its current premises opposite Coventry Airport and that Janette Watson, who is a senior manager at St Cross, had suggested to her husband Gordon, who is the Operations Manager at Avon Timber, that the

company support the Charity’s Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Geoff Lomasney, Managing Director of Avon Timber, said: “We selected the Friends of St cross as the charity for our annual golf day because we wanted to support a local charity and the Friends of St Cross provided wonderful care for my father prior to his passing away.

“With the help of John, Cherry Reay and all the staff at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club, Avon Timber were able to organise our annual Par 3 golf day with tremendous success.”

Willy Goldschmidt, Vice Chairman of the Friends, said: “One of the aims of the appeal has been to widen the engagement of the charity with the community and local businesses and we are delighted with the success of this the first corporate fund raising event that we have heard of in recent years.”