Suffolk charity St Elizabeth Hospice has welcomed a huge donation of clothes and personal items from local superstar Ed Sheeran. Around 300 items have been received at the hospice charity shop in Framlingham. The donation comes just a few weeks ahead of the star’s homecoming tour when he will be playing four shows at Chantry Park, Ipswich. A selection of items are available to buy in the shop, and some are on display, to be auctioned at a later date.
The display includes sportswear, a signed surfboard and clothes. The collection is a great attraction for Ed fans who want to visit to Framlingham to take in some the local landmarks mentioned in his song lyrics, ahead of the weekends concerts.
Last year, the hospice benefitted from a generous donation of personal items and music memorabilia, which were auctioned, raising £50K to fund vital hospice services.
Following on from the huge success of this first auction, the hospice will be opening up the opportunity to own one of Ed’s preloved items to an international audience, by holding a second auction, later in the year.
Retail operations manager, Patrick Otter said: “We’re really grateful to receive such a generous donation. Ed’s profile attracts widespread attention which is great for the charity, and is hugely beneficial to us when raising awareness of hospice services, in particular our work and services for our young adult patients, many of whom are huge Ed fans. The date and details of the auction will be announced shortly, and we’re expecting great interest from around the world.”