AN organ-playing couple will be tuning up for the Kidderminster Hospitals League of Friends’ Scanner Appeal when they play their musical instrument to drum up support for the cause.

Wolverley pensioners Aubrey and Beryl Tipping are hoping to take people back to the 1950s this weekend as they play music from that era on their street organ.

The duo, who have had the instrument for about 30 years, will be in the Swan Centre today and Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

The event has been organised by members of the Kidderminster Ex- Service Association and Wyre Valley Country Music Club to boost the £125,000 Scanner Appeal.

The groups will be setting up a stall in the shopping centre, where they will also be handing out leaflets and will have a collection box for the cause.

Tony Hinton, chairman of the association, a social group for ex-servicemen and women, said: “We are throwing our weight into the appeal in a small way.

“We feel that there will be ex-service personnel who will be using the scanner and we just feel that we would like to put something back into the community.

“People can come along and have a listen to the organ. Aubrey and Beryl are lovely people and they are so willing to play their organ for charity.”

The Shuttle-backed appeal was set up by the Kidderminster Hospitals League of Friends in February to raise the cash for a new scanner and for the building work to replace the old model.

A total of £45,000 has been collected so far by generous residents and Shuttle readers.

Peter Picken, of the League of Friends, said: “We’ve still got many people and organisations working hard to assist with the appeal.

“It’s encouraging that groups and organisations are still willing to raise money for such a worthwhile appeal.”

“We’re hoping that, although the organ is of an old time nature, younger people will enjoy the music and will contribute, as well as the older people who will have memories of that type of music.”

Meanwhile, the Rock Knit ‘n’ Natter Group have donated £800 to the appeal from money raised at its Christmas fair at Rock Village Hall.