THE first donations have been made to the appeal to raise £60,000 to improve the phlebotomy service at St Cross.
Adrian Hartopp and Paul Davison abseiled the 112ft down the West Orchard Centre in Coventry on Friday, raising £600 between them with their donation websites remaining open for the next month.
Appeal organisers hope money will now start pouring in so they can reach their target of getting the new-look service open by the end of next year – their diamond jubilee year.
Paul said: “It was an abseil down six floors, but with my fear of heights that’s a minor detail!”
Adrian added: “Your generosity is greatly appreciated for such a great charity.”
The two took part in the fund-raising abseil organised by University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust’s charity which gave the Friends two place to kick off the new appeal.
Spokesman Willy Goldschmidt said: “Thanks to UHCW Charity for their support. This was a great outcome and we look forward to taking part in lots more of UHCW Charity’s events after this and the Jingle Jog in which four of our girls ran last December.”
St Cross’ blood taking service is the most used service at the hospital, but with several thousand patients every month it has been under pressure for some time with people often queuing outside a packed waiting room.
The appeal will fund its relocation into the heart of the Rainsbrook Wing, double its capacity and create its own dedicated access from what is currently the volunteers’ car park.
Make a donation at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrianHartopp or uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulCDavison.
– A wild west hoe down at Castle Keep in Woolscott has also added £2,820 to the Friends’ coffers.
The next event organised by Tracey Lennard and her team is on August 30 when there will be a scenic cruise on the River Avon followed by a pub lunch. For details see www.Facebook/TheFriendsoftheHospitalofStCross or call 01788 663754.