THE CHARITY which supports the Hospital of St Cross has received a vital donation which will help to expand the services it can offer.
The Friends of St Cross has received a donation of just over £22,800 from Coventry Building Society, thanks to the support and generosity of its members.
The building society has now donated a total of nearly £289,400 over the last 14 years, based on one per cent of the average savings balances held in Supporters Accounts, which support the Friends of St Cross over a 12 month period.
Willy Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on our regular fundraising income and so the annual donation made possible by the community’s investment in the Supporters Account is all the more important, enabling the Charity to continue to make a real difference to the experience of patients.
“Furthermore, it has helped support the expansion of services offered at the hospital as well as Rugby’s community health services.”
He added the Friends of St Cross had committed £200,000 to the creation of a Chemotherapy Services unit at the Hospital of St Cross – the largest single donation the charity has made in the 65 years since its foundation.
Mr Goldschmidt said: “This will be of great benefit to local patients who will no longer need to travel to Coventry. It will also provide much-needed expanded capacity for the Trust, as the number of patients who suffer from cancer is increasing and more treatment options are becoming available.”
Sonia Wood-Williams, Rugby Branch Manager at Coventry Building Society, said: “It’s great that we can continue to support the Friends of St Cross with the help of our members.
“The past year has been difficult for the Friends to fund-raise but their work in the local community is more vital than ever.”