Charge Nurse Francis Millan and Healthcare Assistant Jodie Insley with the tools


One of the last donations of equipment made in 2014 was a set of arthroscopy instruments which are used to help stabilise shoulder joints during surgery.

Kathryn Lawrence, Richard Dodd, Chrysanda Gilbert, Doris Froggatt, Santa and Heather Green standing next to the raffle prizes


2014’s Christmas Raffle was drawn, in Out Patients in the Hospital of St Cross on Friday 19th December, and exceeded all hopes and expectations by raising a staggering £2,727, which is approximately 3 times the average amount achieved in recent years.

Nurse Claudio Fazi with the new bed


The Friends of St Cross have donated a special hospital bed which can be adjusted to suit the needs of taller and heavier patients.

Bella's buddies, dedicated to raising money for the cause


On Sunday 7th December , three supporters and their dog completed the 5k UHCW Charity Jingle Jog at Ryton Pools and have raised £840 so far in aid of the Appeal.

Deputy Mayor Richard Dodd, Tracey Lennard and Kathryn Lawrence


On Thursday 4th December Friends Committee Members, Tracey Lennard and Kathryn Lawrence decorated a tree for the Festival of Christmas Trees at St Andrews Church.

June Witcomb and Alan Wiggins at the Friends' tombola stall


The fund raising drive for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal continues with another superb event organised by Tracey Lennard and her fundraising sub-committee.

The new chairs should add a touch of comfort in the urgent care centre


The Friends of St Cross have donated four new chairs which will help to improve the patient experience at the Urgent Care Centre.

The friends at the Rugby Town FC


On Saturday 22nd November 2014 representatives of the Friends of St Cross attended Rugby Town FC’s game with Leighton Town to announce changes to the Blue Chip Lottery that mean that the Charity now receives even more from the scheme.

Bella’s Buddies family photo: L-R Esther Hartopp, Amy Davison and Willy Goldschmidt.


On the 7th of December Willy Goldschmidt, his daughter Amy, great niece Esther and Bella, the family Scottie, dressed up in Santa suits to take part in the Jingle Jog at Ryton Pools and raised £1008, including Gift Aid, for the Appeal. 

The team was known as Bella’s Buddies and they were delighted with the support they received - and that it did not rain!

The friends receiving a cheque for £1700


On Monday 24th November Heather Green and Willy Goldschmidt attended the AGM of the Warwickshire Women’s Bowls Association and were presented with a cheque for £1,700.

The Mayor and Santa were among those present


On Saturday the 15th November, the Friends held a Christmas Bazaar at Arnold House in the town centre and the appeal fund is rapidly closing in on halfway to its initial target of raising at least £60,000!

The Friends receiving a large cheque


Thanks to the support and generosity of the many holders of the St Cross Saver Account the Friends of St Cross have received another massive donation from the Coventry Building Society.  

St Cross staff discussing how the new monitors will be used.


Oak Ward at St Cross has recently received eight new movement detecting pads which are known as ‘falls monitors’.

Leading lights at Ferguson's restauraunt


In October, Friends supporters attended a superb luncheon at Ferguson’s restaurant in the town centre.

Book buyers of all ages!


We had great support at the Book Sale in Clock Towers on Saturday 4th October at which we raised a magnificent £185.  We also launched our Christmas Raffle Ticket on the day and many people commented that we have some bumper prizes this year.

Kath Gladston and Nell Jones trying out the new chairs

The Urgent Care Centre at St Cross has recently taken delivery of some high seat chairs and adjustable foot rests donated by the Friends of St Cross.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation service has recently taken delivery of some more new equipment donated by the Friends of St Cross.

Rugby Darts League present cheques to 4 charities


On 26th September the Charity received a cheque for £750 from the Rugby Darts Summer League. Chairperson, Heather Green is pictured along with representatives of Teenage Cancer Trust, Myton Hospice and Pawprints Dog Rescue who also received cheques from the league.

The superb work that the whole team at St Cross does for patients was recognised at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Outstanding Service and Care Awards Celebration (the OSCAs) held in Coventry on the 19th of September.

The Mayor presented medals to the team


Four runners from the Warwickshire Pathology Network, which provides the Blood Taking Service at St Cross, took part in the Run for Rotary at Draycote Water on the 28th of September. The team who are based at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton and were sponsored by friends and colleagues from the hospitals in Rugby, Nuneaton, Coventry and Warwick.

Volunteers organised 3 coffee mornings in September and raised an amazing £1,056 for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal!

The team and the Mayor at Paddox Methodist Church Hall


Thirty six bedside chairs have been delivered to several wards at St Cross.


Another community group which has chosen to support The Friends, through the Mayor’s Charity, is the Shree Kaylan Yog Kendra which is the Indian community yoga group which meets at the Rugby Temple in Kimberley Road.


79 Volunteers and supporters went on a 1 hour scenic cruise on the Avon followed by a pub lunch at The Bear Inn. The event was so popular we had to order 2 extra coaches and an additional boat!


A recent equipment donation of two two-section adjustable  physiotherapy couches has been delivered to the clinic in Out Patients at St Cross.


The Railwaymen’s Club in Hillmorton Road have donated a magnificent £618 to The Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Members of Take Heart Cardiac Exercise Club donated £200 to the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal. 


The Friends recently donated two Atlas frame walkers which help patients regain mobility after a stroke or an operation.

The Mayor came along to join our team of collectors at Sainsburys where we raised a fabulous £574 to add to our Diamond Jubilee Appeal. Many thanks to all the staff and customers.


Ladies from Ball of Yarn, a local group of knitters,  auctioned some sample yarn and donated the £20 proceeds to the Appeal and have now offered to knit a menagerie for the ‘Name the cuddly toy’ fundraisers. The first Teddy was named at the Merchants Inn Pub Quiz on Monday 28th July and raised £40 in the process! 


The Friends continue to support St Cross while appealing for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal and have recently donated 3 sets of surgical instruments one set of which is pictured being examined by some of the theatre staff.


The Bluebell Lounge, opened on 23rd May 2014 to celebrate national Dementia Awareness Week, has been designed for patients with confusion and/or dementia, their relatives, carers and accompanying staff members to come and take time out.


The Medical Engineering and Bioengineering Service (MEBS) at St Cross has recently taken delivery of a foetal heart simulator which enables the technicians to calibrate heart monitors used by midwives at their clinics or home visits.


On 28th June Jamesway Travel became the first major business supporter of the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal presenting an initial cheques £500 respectively. 


On 17th June the Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club became the first major community supporters of the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal presenting an initial cheque for £2,000 and said that this is only the beginning of their support.

Tracey Lennard and her team have raised another fabulous £2,820 for the Friends by holding the first ever Wild West Hoe Down at Castle Keep in Woolscott.


The Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal has got off to a great start with two Rugby lads, Adrian Hartopp and Paul Davison, abseiling 112 feet from the dome of the West Orchard Centre in Coventry