The Jackie Jennings Appeal

Jackie Jennings is 41 years old, married with a ten year old daughter.  She is suffering from a rare tumour in her head known as Grade 1 Chondrosarcoma.  In January 2004 she underwent surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham to remove the tumour but unfortunately the surgery did not remove all of the cancer.

Chondrosarcoma is an extremely rare form of cancer affecting the base of the skull and spine.  Jackie now has a pea size tumour growing at the base of her skull in close proximity to her spinal cord and column, as well as several fragments which broke away during surgery which are also a major concern.  Unfortunately radiotherapy treatments in both the UK and Europe are ineffective for this particular cancer .  However, the good news is that a different type of treatment called Proton Beam Therapy is effective, but only available in Japan, South Africa and USA. » More

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The family and friends of Jackie Jennings are pleased to report that she is now back home from Boston and doing well.  The treatment was completed satisfactorily by the end of January.  She will however, have to wait approximately 3 months to have a further scan at the QE hospital, Birmingham which will we hope confirm that the tumour has been successfully treated.  We are all very optomistic of course. 

Jackie wishes to thank everybody so very much, including without doubt The Massachusetts Hospital and its' staff, together with Stephen Farmer who looked after her and her visiting family so well during her 2 month stay.

Robert Plant with the Honeydrippers and special guests Mike Sanchez and The Big Town Play Boys ar to play JB's, Dudley, 14th February.

Due to the tremendous support and successful fundraising it now looks very likely that the Jackie Jennings Appeal will have excess funds (over and above the amount needed to assist Jackie as far as we can be aware at this point in time.   However, funds will always be available should this change)  in which case provided all who supported the Appeal are in agreement it is intended that these additional funds will be transferred to the Proton Effect Trust and will support and assist other local worthwhile cancer causes.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Queens Head Sports & Social Boxing day football match. It was a fun morning and we raised £130 which was donated to the appeal.

Well done Nicky and John who undertook a 7 hour sponsored walk along the Severn Valley Steam Train line,  just catching the last train back in time for a well earned pint of Bathams!  They raised a massive £503, and wish to express their thanks to all who sponsored them.

Message from Jackie - 05/12/06
"everything going well here in Boston.  Have had two treatments so far (as of 1st December).  Dr Liebsch is very reassuring.  I also wish to thank Prof. Stephen Farmer (Jackie is currently a house guest of Prof. Farmer until her family arrive prior to Christmas) - he has been golden and takes me to and from the hospital everyday and waits for me.  He has also observed the treatment being administered and helps put my mind at rest afterwards.  I feel really comfortable at present."

The Whole lotta DC and Superreal Gig at the Tap House, Kidderminster on the 24th was a great success. A big thanks to the bands, Andy, Dave and Laura, not forgetting the staff and friends that helped make it a great night.

All in all the Tap House are donating £365 which includes donations made on the night, raffle ticket money and a generous percentage of the bar takings. nice one guys

Auction was great - £5,884 raised by means of auction lots/raffle/entrance/Irish bingo.  A really good night.

Friends and family of Jackie met at the Queens Head to bid her a fond farewell as she leaves for Boston Friday 24th to begin her treatment.  Everyone wished her the very best and look forward to seeing her at the end of January, 2007.  Once again she expressed her heartfelt thanks to all who have helped with the Appeal and wished everyone the best of luck with future fundraising events.

Izzy the Push played at the Queens Head on the 18th November.  £400 was raised for the Appeal

Special thanks to re-aqua of Hagley who have pledged a top to toe well-being session just for Jackie on her return from Proton beam treatment from re-aqua of Hagley 01562 886516    

Blind Lemon are pleased to confirm the 10th and biggest ever Xmas party will take place at the Glades, Kidderminster on the 16th December. It promises to be the best yet... including: The Southern Soul Patrol, Brass Section, Sounds from Top Local DJ - Pigstyle, Huge Dance floor, Bar in the Arena, Tables and Seating.

Blind Lemon will also be making a donation to the Jackie Jennings appeal


Stalks gig at Jackson's went really well.  All in all a grand total of £1,773.60 was made by means of  ticket sales, raffle and the auction of 2 x Town Hall tickets, (generously donated by Dana Andrews, the Licensee) realising £500

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14th February 2006:

An Evening of Rhythm and Blues with Robert Plant with the return of The Honey Drippers and special guests Mike Sanchez and The Big Town Play Boys at JB's Dudley.

this will be an early evening show
Doors open at 7pm till 11pm
TICKET PRICE £15.00 each

Ticket sales will be limited to 4 per applicant from JB’s

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26th December 2006: Charity Football Match

The Queens Head Sports & Social are taking on the might of the Queens Head Fantasy 11 (Old Boys) at Mill Lane Playing fields

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23rd December 2006: Town Hall, Kidderminster

Mike Sanchez and the Portions,
Robert Plant and the return of The Honeydrippers,
and many more
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Robert Plant. (c) Ken Regan

16th December 2006:
The 10th Annual Blind Lemon Xmas Party at the Wyre Forest Glades Arena, Kidderminster

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25th November 2006: Auction
With the kind help of Phipps and Pritchard, local estate agents, we are holding an auction at the Wolverley Memorial Hall
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24th November 2006: Whole lotta DC (AC/DC Tribute) and Superreal. The Tap House, Kidderminster

Donations on the night
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How can you help?

There are a number of ways you can help us:

  • Support our events
  • Donate to the appeal (for more details please contact us)
  • Link to our web site (visit our links page for details)

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