MEMBERS of the former Kidderminster Hospital Radio have generously boosted the Scanner Appeal to the tune of more than £3,000.

They voted unanimously to support the worthy cause and have donated £3,249 to the cause.

The cash will be put towards the £125,000 Scanner Appeal, which is being run by the Kidderminster Hospitals League of Friends and backed by The Shuttle.

Kidderminster Hospital is upgrading its CT (computed tomography) scanner and the appeal hopes to raise £65,000 for computer software to enable more accurate diagnosis and another £60,000 to cover the cost of building work.

A total of £3,920 had already been donated by generous Shuttle readers and residents and so the radio efforts virtually doubled the tally.

Ray Yarsley, chairman of the hospital radio, said:“It’s a marvellous appeal and if everyone can do their bit it would be wonderful.”

Peter Picken, of the League of Friends,added:“We’re very grateful that they have chosen the Scanner Appeal to donate the money that they have raised from selling their equipment.

“Until the downgrading of Kidderminster Hospital, the hospital radio was such a valuable service.”

He added: “We’re very pleased that the community is getting behind this appeal. We have people showing an interest and looking to hold events. There’s real community support for a facility which, of course, will benefit so many for so many years in the future.”

The League of Friends have gift aid sponsorship forms for people holding events for the appeal.The forms are available to pick up from the their Swan Centre store and The Shuttle offices in Blackwell Street, Kidderminster.

People can also make a donation to the appeal by contacting the League of Friends on 01562 67653.

Alternatively, cheques, made payable to Kidderminster Hospitals League of Friends, can be sent to Cadisha Brown, The Shuttle, 6Towers Buildings, Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, DY102DY.