Ed Sheeran may be one of the best-selling Brit musicians (his last album ‘X’ sold more than 2 million copies) – but he’s certainly not forgotton his routes. According to sources, the Suffolk-born singer is set to take a break from music for a while, starting September, to volunteer at his local Sue Ryder shop in his home town of Framlingham. Can you imagine the queues?!
Although Ed Sheeran is yet to confirm reports, Manager of Sue Ryder Jacqui Bell told the Sunday Mirror: ‘There’s a good possibility he will volunteer here. We’d welcome him.
‘My volunteers, who are aged between 61 and 91, know Ed because he was brought up in the town. They would be fine working with him.”
‘He purchased the old police station to open up a youth club for £1million,” she says. “So he’ll also be helping there when its up and running. I think he will draw the youngsters into our shop which would be good for us.’
This wouldn’t be the 24-year old singer’s first act of kindness either. Earlier this year the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker gave away his entire outfit that he wore at the Grammy Awards in order to raise some cash.
He wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘Given my whole wardrobe to a bunch of charity shops. All stuff worn on shoots, videos and live.Stuff ranging from the Ralph hoodies, Fenchurch T-shirts and Nike trainers (sic)’
And he has always spoken fondly about his hometown, especially since receiving a Honorary Degree earlier this month for his ‘outstanding contribution to music’, from University Campus Suffolk.
‘I’ve had an amazing year with my world tour and this makes it even better.’
He added: ‘Suffolk is very much where I call home and I’m always welcomed back and get so much support. Receiving this recognition is a real privilege.
‘UCS is at an exciting point in its development and I look forward to building links with UCS and its students in the months and years to come.’
Oh Ed, if the news is true – we’ve just fallen a little bit more in love with you.
By Emma Firth