Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant donates acoustic guitar
Robert Plant, frontman of rock band Led Zeppelin, has donated a signed acoustic guitar to the Worcester and District branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) via his neighbour.
The guitar is expected to fetch about £700 at a fundraising dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of the PDS at Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa on Friday.
Robin Hancox has had Parkinson's Disease for six years and is chairman of the Worcester and district branch of the PDS.
Robert Plant lives "a couple of fields away" from Mr Hancox, who secured the guitar after bumping into the rock legend in the village shop they share in Wolverley, Worcestershire.
He said: "Both Robert Plant's ex-wife and sister are customers of my health and nutrition business, and I had talked to his sister about the possibility of Mr Plant donating a guitar.
"Then one day I bumped into him in the village shop and decided to ask him myself.
"He brought the guitar to our house, signed it, and my wife took some photos.
"We are incredibly grateful to have such a well-known local legend like Robert Plant donate such a unique prize to our cause."
The Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy has also donated a day's sailing to the auction, and Sir David Jones, JJB chief executive, will be speaking about Parkinson's on the night.
Funds raised from the evening will go towards the Branch Welfare Fund, which aims to support local people living with Parkinson's and their families through its friendship groups in Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster and Worcester.
Mr Hancox said: "It's vitally important that we are able to offer support to local people with Parkinson's. We rely on charitable giving, so I hope that many will join us on what promises to be a very special evening."
The PDS, which is this year celebrating 40 years of support for people with Parkinson's, has invested more than £40 million in research over the past 40 years.
To buy tickets for the event, which begins at 7pm, contact Robin Hancox on 01562 851713.
People who cannot attend but would still like to bid for the guitar, can contact Mary Long at Fellows and Sons Auctioneers on 0121 212 5500.
The Parkinson's helpline can be reached by calling 0808 800 0303.