More than 100 members of Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club dressed to impress at a Burns Night celebration and raised money for the Friends of St Cross.
The charity was presented with a cheque for £2,700 after a traditional Burns Night dinner, a performance by the Bilton Silver Band and speeches from members.
The club also donated £2,000 to the Diamond Jubilee Appeal last year.
Mike Hutton, president of Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club for 2013-14, selected the Friends as his Charity of the Year.
He said: “St Cross is a valued, essential part of Rugby town and really merits the support of all the citizens of the town and the Rotarians.”
The money was raised at various events throughout the term of Mr Hutton’s presidency, including a jazz night, a fifties evening and a golf day, and was supplemented by a share of the money raised at the Spring Fair which supports a range of local and international charities.
Willy Goldschmidt, communications lead for the Friends, thanked Mr Hutton and his fellow Rotarians for their “outstanding support for the appeal” and said a further £1,000 had been raised by a team who had taken part in the Run for Rotary last September.
The dinner guests were delighted to hear that the appeal had collected more than £43,000, of which more than £1,000 was in 5p pieces in the collection cylinders at the Hospital of St Cross. The appeal has received around 1,000 donations from the community so far.
The Friends have asked the hospital’s management team to initiate the project to relocate the blood taking unit and it is hoped the new facility will be opened in the late spring, subject to the success of the Diamond Jubilee Appeal.
For more information go to www.fsx.org.uk