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Rock Star's (Robert Plant) Mercy Gig

Rock legend Robert Plant is backing a fundraising campaign to raise £25,000 in three months to save the life of a Kidderminster mother suffering from a brain tumour.

The former Led Zeppelin frontman, who lives near Shatterford, was so moved by the plight of his 41-year-old friend Jackie Jennings that he decided to stage a Christmas concert in the town.

Around 600 fans are expected to pack into the town for the concert at Kidderminster Town Hall on December 23.

He will appear on stage with his latest band the Return of the Honeydrippers with all proceeds going towards the fund.

Mrs Jennings, who has a 10-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2003 and under went surgery in January 2004 to have it removed.

But the tumour returned and doctors say the only treatment now available is a proton beam therapy at a hospital in Boston. The cost is around £100,000 and is believed to offer a cure.

Mrs Jennings, from Hurcott, has already secured £75,000 from her local health authority but must find the remainder of the cash herself.

It is now a race against time to get Mrs Jennings to Boston as every minute is crucial to her survival.

Her family and friends have rallied around to help out and as soon as Mr Plant heard about the cause he immediately got involved.

Family friend and fundraising organiser Joanne Hill said: "Robert knows Jackie from living in the area and as soon as he heard about her he wanted to get involved.

"We are so grateful to Robert because he will give us a good chance of reaching the sum in time.

"Every minute is crucial for Jackie."

From: JACKIEJENNINGS.CO.UK
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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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