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.

Mr Greenwell said “when I take into account the contribution to your community over decades and then we add to that what you have done over the last year, [co-ordinating the Rugby PPE Response and resuming volunteering services at the hospital over the last 9 months] the significance of what you are doing is quite extraordinary and so I have no hesitation in presenting a High Sheriff’s Award to the Friends of St Cross.”

He then read the citation and commented on the scale and benefit to the community of the projects discussed by the Board and the partnership between the hospital management and the Charity and went on to say “I know that behind the Board there is a team or even an army of volunteers and I ask that you pass on the appreciation of the County, the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff to all the volunteers and those associated with the Friends. It has been an extraordinary effort over a long period of time. Thank You”

Willy Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said “on behalf of the trustees and volunteers of the Charity I would like to thank you and the Lord Lieutenant for the honours you have bestowed upon the Charity. We all feel we are making a difference for the patients that use the services at St Cross and are delighted to work in partnership with the great team in the Hospital.”

Read more about the other awards and recognition that the Charity has received in recent years.