The last fundraising events of the 2015 were held the week before Christmas.

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


Rugby’s brand new blood-taking unit is now open to patients, thanks to an outstanding appeal by the Friends of St Cross and the people of Rugby.

The Friends of St Cross has recently donated a video capture device for use in Ophthalmic Surgery at the hospital.


Over six hundred people packed the Temple Speech Room of Rugby School on the evening of Thursday 29th October.

Avon Timber of Coventry held a corporate golf day in aid of the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal and raised a magnificent £4,500. 

Staff at the Orchard Centre have recently taken delivery of a hover mattress donated by the Friends of St Cross.

The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has donated a massive £20,000 to take the total received by the Appeal to over £108,000. 


Another donation recently received was £200 from the Asda Foundation which resulted from the in-store ballot.

Rugby Rokeby Lions Club raised £1,000 for the Appeal through a sponsored walk at Draycote Water and recently presented a cheque to representatives of the charity and the hospital.


Another example of community support was when the Ladies Prayer Group at the Rugby Indian Association in Edward Street recently invited Joan Jesson and Heather Green, the President and Chairperson of the Friends of St Cross,  to one of their meetings 

Volunteers at the Day Surgery Help Desk are often asked if they know where staff or patients can find a wheelchair to help patients get around the hospital.

About to set off to climb Scafell L-R:- Matt Tyler, Jo Tyler, Jez Harmsworth, Hannah Cramp, Dean Watson.

In April Jo Tyler, 42 year old mother of twins, a boy and a girl, committed to take on the 3 Peaks Challenge with the aim of raising £500 for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

ASDA have donated a shopping trolley for use by the Book Sales Team at St Cross.

Tony Mann presents a cheque to Heather Green and Willy Goldschmidt at Rugby Town FC

Tony Mann, a long standing Vice President of Rugby Town Football Club, recently held his 70th birthday party at the Club’s VS Bar.

Ladies of Hannover Court present a cheque to Chrsyanda Gilbert


The Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal continues to draw amazing support from the community through a variety of fund raising events and donations.

Staff Nurse Claire Horridge and Healthcare Assistant,  Donna Davis try out the new Stadiometer.

Children’s Outpatients have a new location in part of the former Hawthorn Ward and the Friends were delighted to be asked to support the move

The late Ken Chandler recently left a legacy to the Rokeby Lodge with instructions that the Lodge distribute the funds to charitable causes.


New Bariatric plinths are delivered to Out Patients.

The Charity’s fund raising team held their annual Black Tie Dinner on 11th July 2015.

The Mayor, Councillor Ramesh Srivistava congratulates conductor Mike Minton on the superb concert


Over one hundred supporters enjoyed a superb a Spring Concert given by Rugby Male Voice Choir in St Andrews Parish Church on the 18th of April.

Trustees and hospital representatives celebrate the achievement

We have published our Gift List for 2014 on this link and, with that, have recorded that a grand total of £3,111,523 has been spent, since the charity was founded in 1955, on equipment donations and support for projects at the Hospital of St Cross and the Community and Mental Health Services in Rugby.

Students handover the money they raised


Three sixth form students from Lawrence Sheriff School got together recently to raise £187 for the Friends of St Cross Diamond Jubilee Appeal. 

Rugby Hindu Temple group in the Council Chambers


On the 13th of March  the Mayor invited members of  Shree Kalyan Mandal (Rugby Hindu Temple) to the Mayor’s Parlour and to view the Council Chambers where the group presented him with a cheque for £501 for the Mayor’s Charity which is the Friends of St Cross.

Choir members present the cheque to the Mayor, Councillor Ramesh Srivistava, accompanied by Willy Goldschmidt and Kathryn Lawrence.


Two pillars of the community have announced that they are combining to give the Appeal another boost with a Spring Concert to be held in the St Andrews Parish Church at 7:30pm on Saturday the 18th of April.


The main contractors for the re-development of the Elliott’s Field retail park have donated £100 and the Circus supported the Appeal. 

Staff at the Merchants Inn

Staff and customers of the Merchants Inn have been supporting the Charity since the launch of the Appeal last June. Since then they have raised over £500 through a mixture of activities including Quiz Nights, raffles and collecting tins on the bar!

Lee-Anthony with his first medal


Father and son Les and Lee-Anthony New have teamed up to raise money for the Friends Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Thurlaston Ladies Club present a cheque for £400


Members of Thurlaston Ladies Club invited Tony Cousins from the Friends of St Cross Roadshow team to their village church hall to be presented with a cheque for £400 towards the Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

Willy Goldschmidt tries the new equipment for size watched by Specialist Respiratory Physiologist Trish Matharu


The Friends have donated a new piece of diagnostic equipment that brings a service for patients with some sleeping disorders to the Hospital of St Cross.

Danielle Loydall, Derrick Hammond and Alan Williamswith the one of the new patient supports


Surgeons and theatre staff at St Cross have taken delivery of specialist patient supports for use in hip operations.

Terry Abrey, Mike Hutton, Donna Cady, Kathryn Lawrence and Willy Goldschmidt


At the Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club Burns Night on 27th January the Friends of St Cross was presented with a cheque for £2,700 for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal to add to the £2,000 which had already been donated last June.  

Ashleigh King and Clare Noden with the new patient supports.


The Friends of St Cross have donated two new patient supports for use in Oak Ward.

Physiotherapist, Devesh Chohan and Technical Instructor Clare Hannington-Davies.


Members of the physiotherapy team at Out Patients in St Cross are pictured trying out one of three new goniometers donated by the Friends of St Cross. 

Sam Dunphy, Steph Pask, Teasantana Garcia, Willy Goldschmidt and Debbie Shaw


On 12th January the Appeal total received reached £40,034 thanks to recent donations made by Bilton Methodist Church, and Aphrodite Beauty and Spa.