One of the last donations of equipment made in 2014 was a set of arthroscopy instruments which are used to help stabilise shoulder joints during surgery.
2014’s Christmas Raffle was drawn, in Out Patients in the Hospital of St Cross on Friday 19th December, and exceeded all hopes and expectations by raising a staggering £2,727, which is approximately 3 times the average amount achieved in recent years.
The Friends of St Cross have donated a special hospital bed which can be adjusted to suit the needs of taller and heavier patients.
On Sunday 7th December , three supporters and their dog completed the 5k UHCW Charity Jingle Jog at Ryton Pools and have raised £840 so far in aid of the Appeal.
On Thursday 4th December Friends Committee Members, Tracey Lennard and Kathryn Lawrence decorated a tree for the Festival of Christmas Trees at St Andrews Church.
The Friends of St Cross have donated four new chairs which will help to improve the patient experience at the Urgent Care Centre.
On Saturday 22nd November 2014 representatives of the Friends of St Cross attended Rugby Town FC’s game with Leighton Town to announce changes to the Blue Chip Lottery that mean that the Charity now receives even more from the scheme.
On the 7th of December Willy Goldschmidt, his daughter Amy, great niece Esther and Bella, the family Scottie, dressed up in Santa suits to take part in the Jingle Jog at Ryton Pools and raised £1008, including Gift Aid, for the Appeal.
The team was known as Bella’s Buddies and they were delighted with the support they received - and that it did not rain!
On Monday 24th November Heather Green and Willy Goldschmidt attended the AGM of the Warwickshire Women’s Bowls Association and were presented with a cheque for £1,700.
On Saturday the 15th November, the Friends held a Christmas Bazaar at Arnold House in the town centre and the appeal fund is rapidly closing in on halfway to its initial target of raising at least £60,000!
Oak Ward at St Cross has recently received eight new movement detecting pads which are known as ‘falls monitors’.
In October, Friends supporters attended a superb luncheon at Ferguson’s restaurant in the town centre.
The Urgent Care Centre at St Cross has recently taken delivery of some high seat chairs and adjustable foot rests donated by the Friends of St Cross.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation service has recently taken delivery of some more new equipment donated by the Friends of St Cross.
On 26th September the Charity received a cheque for £750 from the Rugby Darts Summer League. Chairperson, Heather Green is pictured along with representatives of Teenage Cancer Trust, Myton Hospice and Pawprints Dog Rescue who also received cheques from the league.
The superb work that the whole team at St Cross does for patients was recognised at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Outstanding Service and Care Awards Celebration (the OSCAs) held in Coventry on the 19th of September.
Four runners from the Warwickshire Pathology Network, which provides the Blood Taking Service at St Cross, took part in the Run for Rotary at Draycote Water on the 28th of September. The team who are based at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton and were sponsored by friends and colleagues from the hospitals in Rugby, Nuneaton, Coventry and Warwick.
Thirty six bedside chairs have been delivered to several wards at St Cross.
79 Volunteers and supporters went on a 1 hour scenic cruise on the Avon followed by a pub lunch at The Bear Inn. The event was so popular we had to order 2 extra coaches and an additional boat!
A recent equipment donation of two two-section adjustable physiotherapy couches has been delivered to the clinic in Out Patients at St Cross.
Members of Take Heart Cardiac Exercise Club donated £200 to the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal.
The Friends recently donated two Atlas frame walkers which help patients regain mobility after a stroke or an operation.
The Mayor came along to join our team of collectors at Sainsburys where we raised a fabulous £574 to add to our Diamond Jubilee Appeal. Many thanks to all the staff and customers.
Ladies from Ball of Yarn, a local group of knitters, auctioned some sample yarn and donated the £20 proceeds to the Appeal and have now offered to knit a menagerie for the ‘Name the cuddly toy’ fundraisers. The first Teddy was named at the Merchants Inn Pub Quiz on Monday 28th July and raised £40 in the process!
The Friends continue to support St Cross while appealing for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal and have recently donated 3 sets of surgical instruments one set of which is pictured being examined by some of the theatre staff.
The Bluebell Lounge, opened on 23rd May 2014 to celebrate national Dementia Awareness Week, has been designed for patients with confusion and/or dementia, their relatives, carers and accompanying staff members to come and take time out.
The Medical Engineering and Bioengineering Service (MEBS) at St Cross has recently taken delivery of a foetal heart simulator which enables the technicians to calibrate heart monitors used by midwives at their clinics or home visits.
On 28th June Jamesway Travel became the first major business supporter of the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal presenting an initial cheques £500 respectively.
Tracey Lennard and her team have raised another fabulous £2,820 for the Friends by holding the first ever Wild West Hoe Down at Castle Keep in Woolscott.