Rugby hospital charity appeal reaches milestone

Willy Goldschmidt, Maureen Edwards and Heather Green
Willy Goldschmidt, Maureen Edwards and Heather Green

The Diamond Jubilee Appeal has passed the halfway mark thanks to support from sports clubs.

The Friends of St Cross has raised £31,000 to improve the blood taking unit at the town’s hospital.

Warwickshire Women’s Bowls Association has donated £1,700 to the Friends after a series of fundraising activities.

Maureen Edwards, president of the association, said: “I selected the Friends of St Cross as the president’s charity as I live in Rugby and wanted to support a charity that does so much for the community.

“Members of the association raised the money for the Friends in a wide variety of ways, including holding raffles at matches throughout the year, selling glitter pens and one member of the committee did a sponsored swim.

“The members were delighted to hear that the Hospital of St Cross carries out the majority of elective hip and knee surgery for patients in Coventry and Rugby and that the Friends have contributed to increasing the amount of equipment available for this and many other services.”

Speaking of passing the halfway mark, Heather Green, chairperson of the Friends, said: “This is great news and we would be delighted to hear from other sports clubs, associations and businesses who would like to consider nominating the Friends as their Charity of the Year in 2015.”