THE new chairman of Wyre Forest District Council is getting behind the scanner appeal after picking it as one of her two charities.

Fran Oborski is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for The Shuttle-backed cause by holding about five big events during the next 12 months.

She wants to help the Kidderminster Hospitals League of Friends reach its £125,000 target – £65,000 for software for the hospital’s new CT (computed tomography) scanner and £60,000 to pay for the building work carried out to allow the old model to be replaced.

Mrs Oborski said: “I think it’s an incredibly important appeal and an incredibly important item for the whole of Wyre Forest and as a chairman I wanted to make sure I had a charity that was really important for the whole district.

“I’m really pleased to be having [the Scanner Appeal] as one of my two charities.”

Mrs Oborski will also be supporting the Kidderminster Foodbank, She added her planned events for included a barbecue at Bodenham Arboretum in Wolverley in July and a quiz night at the Civic Centre, Stourport, on Friday, October 18.

“It’s going to be all systems go and I’m hoping we can get a real big amount of money for this,” she said.

Peter Picken, of the League of Friends, said he was “delighted” Mrs Oborski had chosen the appeal.

He added: “We look forward to supporting the number of events that will take place to raise money for our appeal.”

Meanwhile, a raffle night at the Gainsborough Hotel organised by resident Mandy Priest raised £652 for the scanner appeal.

Mr Picken said: “We’re very grateful for all the work Mandy put in and the Gainsborough for their support as well as many local businesses who helped with the event and raffle prizes.”

People can 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, 6 Towers Buildings, Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, DY10 2DY.