Just one month after announcing the Friends project for 2017 the Charity has already raised £5,750 towards the £80,000 target!! 


Once again we have received tremendous support from all corners of the community such as this donation from the Kalyan Yoga Centre which was supplemented by personal donations from members of the Hindu Community in memory of relatives who had recently passed away. 

 

Staff working at the Friends Blood Taking Unit at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby have celebrated the first anniversary of the department.


Debra and Hyrum Platt recently came to the Orchard Centre to meet and tell Jenny Hammond, Community Children’s Nurse what a difference the monitor donated by the Friends has made to their lives.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the many holders of savings accounts which support the Friends of St Cross, the Charity has received another massive donation from Coventry Building Society.

 

In 2017, the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby will be the first in Warwickshire to offer a new service for patients with sleep disorders.

 

The Friends of St Cross have recently donated an Oxford Stand Aid for use by patients who have undergone Medical Rehabilitation in Oak Ward and are soon to be discharged home.

 

Patients undergoing Cardiac Rehabilitation can now use upgraded treadmills as part of their exercise programme at the Hospital of St Cross.

Several volunteers were nominated for an OSCA for the help they gave to the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme hub located at the Hospital.

Children from Bilton C of E Junior School teamed up with members of the Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore and the Friends of St Cross to plant 5,000 crocus corms at the Hospital in support of Rotary International’s Purple4Polio campaign.

Community nurses based at the Orchard Centre recently took delivery of a portable bladder scanner which benefits some 1,000 patients in the Rugby area.

Over 100 friends of the late Julie Gordon and supporters of the Friends of St Cross were joined by Councillor Sally Bragg, the Mayor of Rugby, to pay a special tribute to one of the stalwarts of the Charity.

The Friends of St Cross have donated a special set of scales for weighing babies attending the Children’s Outpatients Unit at the hospital.

The Hillmorton Community Choir entertained supporters of the Friends of St Cross at a cuppa and craft event.

Thirty three volunteers and supporters braved some inclement weather to take part in a fascinating visit to the Black Country Living Museum.

 

The Friends have extended their support of the Friends Blood Taking Unit with the donation of a vein viewer.


The Friends have donated a second piece of diagnostic equipment costing £5,000 that enables the expansion of a service for patients with some sleeping disorders to be delivered from the Hospital of St Cross.

The Friends of St Cross Summer Ball broke the fundraising records for the annual back tie event organised and hosted by Tracey Lennard and her great team.

The Rugby Male Voice Choir Spring Concert held in May was an extremely enjoyable evening with a varied programme guaranteed which got the audience's feet tapping and singing.  


On the 21st April Rugby’s Mayor attended a Flower Arranging Demonstration at Castle Farm, Woolscott. 

 

 

On Monday 25th April another 40 supporters dined at the Romna Restaurant in Albert St and enjoyed an excellent meal laid on by restaurant owner Zahed Siddique and his team.


A new computer system which helps stimulate elderly patients has been donated by the Friends for use on Hoskyn Ward and in the Bluebell Lounge at the Hospital of St Cross.


The Charity was overjoyed to have been nominated as finalists for both the Team of the Year and the Rugby’s Pride Awards at Coombe Abbey on Friday 6th May and then to go on and win the Team of the Year was the icing on the cake for a memorable two years.

 


The Dermatology Service delivered at the Hospital of St Cross is expanding.


Staff from Mulberry Ward gathered together to thank the Friends of St Cross for a number of donations which will make a real difference to the patient rehabilitation experience on Oak and Mulberry Wards.