A WYRE Forest charity has spent more than £100,000 on making the hospital experience better for Kidderminster patients in the past year.

The League of Friends of Kidderminster Hospital has funded improvements in a wide range of areas at the Bewdley Road site including dermatology, Wyre Forest Community Ward, cardiac rehabilitation and the Millbrook Suite cancer treatment unit.

And their achievements will be highlighted at the group’s annual meeting to be held at Kidderminster Hospital later this month where attendees will hear the Friends have spent £119,000 on improvements in the last 12 months.

Equipment has ranged from new therapy chairs for the renal dialysis unit to children’s toys and a playhouse for the maternity hub and Minor Injuries Unit.

The money raised for the voluntary organisation’s work comes from its coffee shop and refreshment trolley at the hospital, charity shop in Kidderminster Swan Centre and donations and legacies from individuals.

Chairman David Wase said: “Everything we do benefits Wyre Forest people and we are only able to do this as a result of marvellous support from the community.

“Our coffee and charity shops are very popular and make a good profit and we receive many donations from people who, like us, want to see our local hospital continue to thrive.”

He added: “I would also like to pay tribute to the dozens of volunteers who make it possible for us to buy items to improve the hospital experience for many people in our community.”

The Friends’ annual meeting will be held in the hospital’s Education Centre on Wednesday, July 25 and guest speaker will be Penny Templey, a clinical nurse specialist who will talk about urology services and their development at Kidderminster.

The meeting is open to anyone to attend and starts at 8pm.