St Cross campaign coins in YOUR support - The Rugby Observer

St Cross campaign coins in YOUR support

Rugby Editorial 15th Jul, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A COLLECTION of 5p pieces is set to edge the Friends of St Cross closer to reaching their £60,000 Diamond Jubilee campaign target.

The blood taking team came up with the idea of sending patients home with sample pots to fill up with the coins to help fund the relocation and revamp of their phlebotomy unit by the end of next year.

The contents of the pots will be added to the collection cylinders over the coming weeks.

Backing the campaign, Michelle Giles, senior phlebotomist from the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Service and based at St Cross, said: “The entire team is delighted and feels privileged the Friends has chosen to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee by launching a £60,000 fund-raising initiative to provide a new purpose built blood taking clinic in Rugby.

“We are confident this will significantly improve the patient experience in the clinic and would like to take this opportunity to thank the Friends for thinking of us and our patients in their 60th year of fund-raising.”

The campaign also has the support of Sainsbury’s on Clifton Road which has chosen the Friends as their charity of the year while the Ball of Yarn group of knitters from Rugby has donated the £20 proceeds from a recent auction of sample yarn, and pledged to knit what has been described as a menagerie of toys for a Name the Cuddly Toy fund-raising idea planned by St Cross fund-raisers.

Catherine Hanby, one of the group’s leaders, said: “As a team of knitters we have done a lot of projects knitting for hospitals all over the UK, now we are bringing it home and helping support our local hospital.

“Lots of our ladies have connections to the hospital and we decided to help with whatever we can.”

To make a donation or organise an event email your ideas to [email protected] or post them on to the Friends’ Facebook page.

– Hospital boss backs appeal. Turn to the letters page for more.

The ladies from the Ball of Yarn Rugby group, pictured here at one of their regular Tuesday night meetings, are backing the St Cross appeal (s)


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