VOLUNTEERS who help Rugby’s hospital have received a prestigious award from the High Sheriff of Warwickshire.
The Friends of St Cross were presented with a High Sheriff’s Award by Joe Greenwell CBE DL during the charity’s virtual board meeting.
Mr Greenwell praised the charity for co-ordinating the Rugby PPE Response during the pandemic, and resuming volunteering services at the hospital over the last nine months.
He said: “When I take into account the contribution to your community over decades and then we add to that what you have done over the last year, the significance of what you are doing is quite extraordinary and so I have no hesitation in making the Award of a High Sheriff’s Award to the Friends of St Cross.
“I know that behind the Board there is a team or even an army of volunteers and I ask that you pass on the appreciation of the County, the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff to all the volunteers and those associated with the Friends.
“It has been an extraordinary effort over a long period of time.”
Willy Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said: “On behalf of the trustees and volunteers of the charity I would like to thank you and the Lord Lieutenant for the honours you have bestowed upon the charity.
“We all feel we are making a difference for the patients that use the services at St Cross and are delighted to work in partnership with the great team in the hospital.”
The Friends support the Hospital of St Cross and the Community and Mental Health Services in Rugby by delivering a variety of voluntary services in the hospital and by donating equipment which improves patient experience or helps bring services to the town.
Since 1955 the Friends have raised over £3million, and in the last 10 years have spent over £1million on equipment and projects.
The charity aims to raise at least £65,000 to celebrate 65 years since its foundation.
Visit https://tinyurl.com/cvd75j3u to donate.