Blood bike charity gets cash boost from union

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Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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VOLUNTEERS at a blood bike charity were delighted to receive a £250 donation from a credit union.

SERV Wessex was given the money at its last meeting by the Hampshire Credit Union.

Steve Morton, publicity officer for SERV, said the charity was very grateful.

The 56-year-old said: ‘We’re delighted to have been chosen to receive the generous donation. We really appreciate it.

‘That sum of money is enough to pay for fuel for one of our bikes for a month or possibly two.’

SERV is the regional blood bike charity for Hampshire, providing a free out-of-hours courier service to NHS hospitals in the region.

The donation comes as part of a new grant scheme run by the union which aims to aid local charities that need support.

Gary Morgan, CEO of the Hampshire Credit Union, said: ‘We are impressed by the work that SERV Wessex undertakes and it is a worthy first recipient of our community grant.’