RECORD amounts of money have been raised by the Franche Village Club for two Wyre Forest charities.

The club raised £7,000 in fundraising events throughout the year including a Rock and Roll night and auctions.

A member of the club was also sponsored to give up smoking.

The two charities, chosen by president Rob Hodson, were Kemp Hospice and the Kidderminster Mayor’s charity Wyre Forest Mind.

Both received £3,500 each from the Franche Village Club which is the largest donation mayor John Aston has received during his time in office.

Mr Hodson said: “We had three big do’s during the year as well as other events. We’ve split it between Kemp and the mayor’s charity as we wanted to keep the money in Wyre Forest.”

Kidderminster Mayor John Aston said: “It’s the biggest donation that we’ve ever had. We’ve raised about £9,700 for Wyre Forest Mind over the year.”

Franche Village Club has chosen next year’s charity as Spokes CIC, a Kidderminster-based charity that helps young people with learning disabilities find work.

The charity is affiliated with The Emily Jordan Foundation, which was established in 2008 after the death of 21-year-old Emily Jordan, of Kidderminster, in New Zealand.