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Hospital charity group proves spare change goes a long way

Rugby Editorial 27th Aug, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

EVERY little helps Rugby’s hospital charity, as the Friends of St Cross revealed their 5p Campaign has raised over £2,000.

The group has received 40,000 5p pieces in collection drums across the hospital.

Friends chairperson Heather Green says she has been overwhelmed by the success of her fundraising idea.

She said: “I find 5p pieces to be a bit fiddly and so take them out of my purse and save them up for one thing or another. I am sure that lots of people do the same and this would be a way that people can become engaged in the Appeal without making an effort that they might find difficult.”

Friends volunteer Jane Wood was so impressed by the popularity of Heather’s idea that she presented her with a gift of a a 5p coin enclosed in a glass pig.

Willy Goldschmidt, Vice-Chairman of the Charity, said: “The timing of Jane’s gift was superb as we have just passed another milestone in our appeal which has now received 40,000 5p pieces from the collection drums located in Blood Taking and Out Patients.

“This equates to £2,000 or nearly 1,000 individual contributions of a pot filled with 5p pieces. Of course members of the public have also deposited other coins and notes in the collection drums and to date we have received over £4,500 this way.”

The Appeal is going from strength to strength after previously committing a total of £130,000 to the new Blood Taking Service Project. The Friends are now in discussions with the Hospital Management team about other projects they can support this year.

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