A CONCERT has raised nearly £2,000 for a special room within a dedicated breast care unit in Worcester.

The Michael Bublé Charity Gala concert raised £1,925 for the Worcester Breast Care Support Group and another £1,925 for Acorns Children’s Hospice in Bath Road.

Breast cancer survivor Cherry Robinson, of Osier Close, Diglis, Worcester, who is chairman of the group, said the money would go to create a special room within the planned £2.5 million breast unit earmarked for Worces-tershire Royal Hospital in Worcester.

The room, dedicated to the late Jacqui Heal, a former breast care nurse, will be a place where patients can be told news about their health sensitively with their privacy and dignity preserved.

Steve Maitland, who was joined by other musicians, performed some Michael Bublé songs to a packed crowd at the Number 8 Community Arts Centre in Pershore and presented the cheque to representatives of the breast care support group and Acorns at Pump Street Methodist Church in December.

Mr Maitland, aged 37, of Toulouse Drive, Norton, Worcester, who is a Text Factor judge in Worcester, said his wife’s aunt had died of breast cancer a few years ago and it was her who had inspired the Michael Bublé Tribute Night Charity Gala which also included performances by other singers and musicians, including Dr Ria Keen, Ady Marshall and the Voices Unlimited Choir.

He said: “I felt if I could do something good by singing and raise awareness about breast cancer just by singing a few songs then all the better for it.”

Campaigners for a dedicated breast unit in Worcestershire have now raised more than £250,000 towards the costs, a 10th of the total they have to raise.

The campaign was adopted by your Worcester News and we will support it until the total amount has been raised.

The new centre, which will cut waiting times in half, would be in an existing building in Newtown Road, near the Charles Hastings Education Centre in the grounds of Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The campaign has more that 60 patrons representing all sections of the community, including breast cancer survivors, Worcestershire cricket legend Graeme Hick and Michael Brinton, the Lord Lieutenant of the county, and Worcester News editor Kevin Ward.

Supporters have got in-volved in numerous fun runs, charity headshaves, dinner evenings and live music events.

Revealing but tasteful pictures of breast cancer survivors feature in a special 2010 calendar, which is raising funds for the appeal.

Donation forms can be downloaded at worcester news.co.uk/breastunitappeal or visit everybodyknowssomebody.co.uk for more information.