THE FRIENDS of the Hospital of St Cross have passed the 20 per cent mark in their Diamond Jubilee Appeal, thanks to donations from the public – including a mystery £1,000 gift.
The anonymous donor, who has had both a hip and a knee replacement at St Cross in recent years and said she received exceptional treatment, gave the four-figure sum after seeing newspaper articles about the appeal.
And backed by Mayor Ramesh Srivastava, who chose the cause as his nominated charity for his year in office, collections at Sainsburys, Mr Chips and The Merchant’s Inn have raised £574, £35 and £55 respectively.
The appeal fund passed £13,000 in late July – over 20 per cent of the way to the £60,000 target.
Mayor Srivastava said:“Rugby is growing fast and better medical facilities are definitely needed.
“In the present economic situation organisations like The Friends of Hospital of St Cross, run by volunteers, are making a significant contribution to the health services in the town.”
Friends members met the Queen at a Buckingham Palace garden party in recognition of their work.
President Joan Jesson and chairperson Heather Green were invited as part of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, known as the MBE for volunteer groups, given to them in June.
Mrs Jesson said: “The sun was shining and the gardens of the Palace were beautiful. Tea was served in the garden and consisted of a delicious finger style buffet with lots of treats.
“The Royal Party made an entrance escorted by the Yeomen of the Guard in all their finery.
“Her Majesty the Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family including The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugene, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.
“There were approximately 8,000 individuals invited on the day from all sorts of organisations and the atmosphere was one of restrained excitement at being invited to such a prestigious event, with everyone wearing their new or very best outfits.”
Mrs Green added: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed a wander round the grounds.”
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Joan Jesson, president of The Friends of St Cross, and chairperson Heather Green, enjoy their day at Buckingham Palace (s)