Thursday, 21 May 2009

Kidderminster rock legend Plant boosts charity

A PAINTING of Kidderminster’s rock superstar, Robert Plant, has raised £1,500 for Acorns Children's Hospice.

Painted by Sue Verity, of Tamworth and autographed by the rock legend, the portrait has been snapped up by Led Zeppelin fan, Catharine Zelinski, living in Ontario, Canada.

All of the funds from the sale of the painting have been donated to Acorns.

Ms Verity met Robert Plant at a Wolverhampton Wanderers’ game at Molineux,and got the painting signed.

Speaking about her wish for the painting to help Acorns, she said: “I saw Children in Need raising massive sums and I wanted to do something to help our local children’s hospice, so I created the painting of the Led Zeppelin star.

“Wolves helped me get in touch with Robert at the game and I was thrilled when he signed it. I was so delighted that it raised so much and I know that the money is desperately needed to help Acorns and its Fragile Lives appeal.”

Acorns care for children who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, supporting them and their families at every stage.

It is currently offering its services to 600 life-limited children and their families living in the West Midlands, with support of three children’s hospices and in the community.

Earlier this year, Acorns was forced to launch a major new appeal to help see it through the current recession and protect its vital services for years to come.

The Acorns Fragile Lives appeal sees supporters doing all they can to help raise funds and awareness.

Nazama Azmat, Acorns’ Black Country community fund-raiser and Led Zeppelin fan, said: “We’re so excited that such a fantastic musician has given his support to help Acorns Children's Hospice.

“The painting has raised £1,500 to support Acorns’ care, helping us to continue making a big difference to the lives of local children and their families.”

To find out more about Acorns and the Fragile Lives appeal, visit

To make an instant donation, call 01564 825000.

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