Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who hails from Framlingham, has become an ambassador of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), whose hospices include Quidenham.
The charity asked him to become an ambassador in recognition of the support he has already given them and on Tuesday he visited their Treehouse hospice in Ipswich to meet with children and staff.
After a tour of the facilities, the popstar took part in a music therapy session with the children led by EACH music therapist Ray Travasso. Sheeran is pictured with George Docker, an EACH service user.
The guitar he played was an LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition, created in collaboration with CF Martin & Co and featuring the word ‘each’. All of the royalties from the sale of the guitar, which was launched last year, are being donated to the charity and are already raising funds.
Sheeran said: “It was great to come to The Treehouse to see the fantastic work the charity does. The facilities are amazing and I can see just how important the care and support is to the children and their families.
“I really enjoyed learning about what’s on offer, especially music therapy, and I had great fun playing the guitar as part of the session. It was a really moving experience and I look forward to working with the charity in the future.”
EACH Suffolk fundraiser Vanessa Bell said: “Not only does Ed help raise vital funds for EACH but he’s also a great ambassador for the charity; raising awareness and understanding of the charity especially through social media to his millions of fans. Recognising Ed as an EACH Ambassador is a way of publicly acknowledging and celebrating his support and we look forward to working with him in the future.”