Led Zepplin Star becomes Wolves charity patron

Rock star Robert Plant has become the latest ambassador for the Wolverhampton Wanderers charity the Wolves Foundation.

The singer of the iconic Seventies band Led Zeppelin has donated funds to the group’s projects with a particular focus on improving mental health.

Plant has been a Wolverhampton Wanders fan since he attended his first game at the Molineux Stadium at the age of five. The singer now lives in Worcestershire, but grew up in the Black Country, and has been an avid supporter of the club for over seven decades.

The foundation said that Plant’s donation will be used to expand the charity’s efforts including providing extra staff to benefit projects with a focus on mental health.

“Wolves Foundation delivers so many important projects to help people in the local community and I am really pleased to be able to make a contribution to support that work,” he said.

Plant, who was also named the club’s vice-president in 2009, joins TV presenter Suzi Perry and the BBC’s Amber Sandhu who were also made patrons of the Wolves Foundation this year.

Will Clowes, Head of Wolves Foundation said: “For Robert to take such a keen interest in the foundation and decide to provide such strong and tangible support is a major boost both for our staff and participants.”

Plant’s new role came in the same month he was named patron of another Wolverhampton-based charity, Good Shepherd, which supports homeless people.  His contribution includes supporting the creation of two paid trainee roles for people with experience of homelessness.

The Good Shepherd’s chief executive, Tom Hayden, said: “He asked a lot of searching questions, which was great, because it really helped get to the heart of what we do in helping people not just find a temporary solution to issues such as homelessness and food poverty, but more sustained support where they can rediscover their strengths and pursue their dreams.”

Plant is currently on tour with his band, Saving Grace, and will be shortly heading to America to collaborate with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, county star Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.