TWO charities have received donations of more than £3,000 each thanks to the fundraising efforts of a former chairman of Wyre Forest District Council.
Liberal councillor Fran Oborski, who chaired the local authority in 2013 to 2014, helped collect £6,200 for Kidderminster Hospital’s League of Friends’ scanner appeal and Kidderminster Foodbank during her year in charge.
Funds were raised through a variety of charity events, including a barbecue at Bodenham Arboretum, a carol service at St Mary and All Saints’ Church and a dinner and raffle at La Brasserie.
Mrs Oborski said: “I am delighted to be able to hand over these cheques for £3,100 to each of the charities.
“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed and supported my fundraising events.”
Maureen Lewis, co-ordinator of Kidderminster Foodbank, said: “We are very grateful to councillor Oborski for the money because, although we have many generous donors, we are still having to buy certain foods. With the donation we can add those little extra items to our food parcels.
“We also need to keep the Foodbank warm and welcoming for our families and we offer them a drink and biscuits when they come for food. Lately we have also offered beans on toast and soup.
“Last year we fed over 3,500 people and so far this year we have fed over 1,000.
“We do thank councillor Oborski for supporting our work and our families in crisis in this way.”
Peter Picken, a trustee of Kidderminster Hospital’s League of Friends, added: “We are really appreciative of this large sum of money raised by councillor Oborski.
“She worked very hard and was supported by both staff and fellow councillors throughout the year, with events covering a wide range of activities.
“We are also grateful to all those who supported and contributed to raising this money, which has helped to ensure we are well on our way to the £125,000 we need to ensure the scanner continues to benefit Kidderminster Hospital patients.
“The target should be reached soon with a number of events and activities that are currently being undertaken.”