Two local charities have both received donations of more than £3,000 thanks to the former Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council.
During her year as Chairman of the Council (13-14), Councillor Fran Oborski raised £6,200 for her chosen charities, Kidderminster Hospital’s League of Friends’ Scanner appeal and Kidderminster Food Bank based at Baxter Church.
Charity events have included a barbeque at Bodenham Arboretum, a quiz night, a carol service at St Mary and All Saints Church, a raffle and a charity dinner and raffle at La Brasserie.
Councillor Fran 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 from the Foodbank said:
“The Foodbank is very grateful to Councillor Oborski for the money, as although we have many generous donors, we are having to buy certain foods. With this money 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 1000. We do thank Councillor Oborski for supporting our work and our families in crisis in this way.”
Peter Picken from the Hospital League of Friends said:
“The League of Friends is grateful for this large sum of money raised by Cllr Fran Oborski during her role as Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council. 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 for the support to ensure the scanner continues to benefit Kidderminster Hospital patients. We are now well on our way to achieving the target which should be reached soon with a number of events and activities that are currently being undertaken.”
The current Chairman of the Council is Councillor Stephen Williams. He is fundraising for Help for Heroes and Kidderminster Museum of Carpet. Organisations which would like advice on inviting the Chairman to attend an event are asked to contact the Chairman’s secretary, Karen Walsh, on 01562 732708 or email her.
Photograph shows: Denise Carson of Kidderminster Foodbank, Councillor Fran Oborski, Peter Picken, Maureen Lewis, and Tina Woolridge and Nicola Wade of Kidderminster Hospital.