Santas and sparkliness help St Cross appeal

Esther Hartopp, Amy Davison, Bella the dog and Willy Goldschmidt
Esther Hartopp, Amy Davison, Bella the dog and Willy Goldschmidt

Santa-suited runners have helped the Friends of St Cross in their efforts to raise £60,000 in their diamond jubilee year.

Three supporters and their dog completed the 5k Charity Jingle Jog at Ryton Pools on Sunday, and have raised £840 so far in aid of the appeal.

The Friends of St Cross has raised more than £31,000 to improve the blood taking unit at the town’s hospital. The run was organised by the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

Friends spokesman Willy Goldschmidt was among those taking part. He said: “We had a great time and are very grateful for the opportunity offered by the UHCW Charity for us to take part in support of the Friends.”

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Willy added: “We would be delighted if we additional sponsors can take us up over the £1,000 mark.”

The Festival of Christmas Trees at St Andrew’s church is raising money for the appeal this year.

Friends committee members Tracey Lennard and Kathryn Lawrence decorated a tree at the church last week.

The decorations symbolise the local and national recognition that the Friends have been honoured with this year. The tree and its decorations were donated by Cawston Christmas Trees and Amber Products respectively.

Visit for more information about the appeal, for which more than £30,000 has been raised so far.