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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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September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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