News from 2014
The Friends of St Cross have donated a special hospital bed which can be adjusted to suit the needs of taller and heavier patients.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.