Trustees of the charity, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, the Mayor of Rugby and other invited guests are pictured in front of a portrait of Richard Henry Wood, the founder of the hospital, when the Charity was honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in June 2014. Click here to read more about this award

The Charity and our Volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to the community in Rugby in a number of other ways over the years.

Joe Greenwell CBE DL, The High Sheriff of Warwickshire, attended the Friends Board meeting, on Zoom on the 8th of March 2021, and presented the Charity with a High Sheriff's Award.

Click here to view a recording of the presentation or here to read more about the award. 

The Rugby PPE Response Team won the Volunteer Team Outstanding Service and Care Award presented by the UHCW Trust in December 2014.

Some 20 Friends volunteers formed the core of the Rugby PPE Response which helped to bridge the gap between the supply and demand for PPE when the pandemic struck!

Click here to read more about the Friends involvement in the Rugby PPE Response.

In the autumn of 2020 the Friends received notes and certifications of appreciation from Tim Cox, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Councillor Bill Lewis, The Mayor of Rugby and the Rokeby Lions Club  in recognition of our contribution to the Rugby PPE Response and the resumption of volunteering at the Hospital of St Cross.

Councillor Tom Mahoney, The Mayor of Rugby, presented a Simple Thank You certificate to the Charity at our AGM. Click here to read a full report of the meeting.

Friends Volunteers Mike Rigby, Doris Froggatt and John Lynch have been recognised with Long Service Volunteer Awards at the annual Pride of Rugby Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.

In May 2016 the Charity was recognised with the Team of the Year Award at the Pride of Rugby Awards following on from the successful Diamond Jubilee Appeal and the contribution to the project which underpinned the Blood Taking Department's move to purpose built accommodation within the 'old Mulberry Ward'.

In September 2016 we received an Outstanding Service and Care Award (OSCA) which was also in recognition of the Diamond Jubilee of the charity and the contribution to the Blood Taking department's relocation project.

That year a team of volunteers were nominated for an OSCA for the help they gave to the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme hub located at the Hospital when some of the machinery used for the mailing failed and was replaced by manual labour until the machinery was repaired.

In May 2014 several members of the Main Committee attended the Pride of Rugby Awards to support Edie Freeman, who had been short-listed for a Long Service Award after 50 years of service. Edie did not win her category but The Friends were surprised and delighted to receive one of three Special Awards. The judges said that they had received multiple nominations for several individual volunteers in The Friends and they decided it was appropriate to recognise the charity as whole.



This page provides links to recent AGM reports - click on the image of the front page or the links below.







The report for the year to 31st December 2018 is available here.

The report for the year to 31st December 2017 is available here.

The report for the year to 31st December 2016  is available here 

The report for the year to 31st December 2015  is available here 

The report for the year to 31st December 2014 is available here 

The report for the year to 31st December 2013 is available here 

The detailed accounts and annual return are available on the Charities Commission Website - This link will open in a separate tab but does not go direct to our page. Please enter our Charity Number - 218485 in the 'Charity Search' box at bottom of the left hand column in order to access our page.

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.

We have over 200 volunteers and no paid staff.

All the money donated is spent to provide equipment and deliver projects which have improved the patient experience in Rugby.

Our administration costs are kept under tight control and are paid for from earned income only.

Since 1955 we have raised over £3m and in the last 10 years have spent over £1m on equipment and projects!

The charity has a small team available to give talks about the history of the Hospital of St Cross, or St. Luke’s, and the work of The Friends.

St Cross was opened as long ago as 1884 and has an interesting history.

St Luke's was located on Lower Hillmorton Road and was originally the workhouse of the Rugby Union in 1819.

Want to know more? Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring our office on 01788 663754

We have speakers to suit any event and make no charge for this service.

In June 2014 The Friends were honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014.

This unique UK national honour was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals. The Friends were one of only 111 groups to receive this recognition and the only one from Warwickshire this year.

Members of the Board are elected annually at the AGM but may be co-opted throughout the year.

The current members of the Board

Kathryn Lawrence

President and Public Fundraising Co-ordination Chair





Willy Goldschmidt

Chairman and Communications Lead

June Witcomb


David Roberts



Elizabeth Burnett

Volunteer Support

Doug Jones

Governance Lead



Tracey Lennard

Social Fundraising Team Chairperson



Ramesh Srivastava

Community Liaison



Mike Rigby

Volunteer Service Co-ordinator



Stephen Walshaw

Purchasing Lead









Ever since the first hospitals were built in Rugby, up until the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the hospitals were funded by voluntary donations.

The Hospital of St Cross was founded in 1882 by the donation of land and a gift of £10,000 from Richard Henry Wood, who also funded the creation of the town’s library. The hospital was opened on 17th July 1884 and was governed by a management board who collected subscriptions and donations from local residents.

This ceased when the NHS came into being but in 1955 a group of residents came together to form The League of Friends which provided voluntary support for the hospital.


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Phone:          01788 663754

Address:       Friends of the Hospital of St Cross

                    Brookfield House

                    Hospital of St Cross

                    Barby Road


                    CV22 5PX


Registered Charity Number: 218485