Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction

Zest and Suffolk charity GeeWizz are thrilled the worlds of music, film, sport, hospitality, and art joined forces to raise funds and create a lasting legacy for children and young adults with disabilities and life limiting illness in Suffolk and across East Anglia.
£406,000 was raised from the auction and an additional £100,000 was donated by Guy Nicholls from tru7Group, making the grand total:


Read our news story on the auction here

Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction was hosted by thesaleroom.com, in partnership with Lacy Scott Knight, and opened to online bidders from 22 October until 8 November 2020. Access the auction site and see what items sold for here:


Over 220 highly collectible items of memorabilia, original artworks and unique experiences featured in the Legacy Auction, donated by a host of international names from around the world.

These included many high-profile East Anglian residents, including Ed Sheeran, Brian Eno, Steve Harley, Jimmy Doherty, Richard Curtis and Emma Freud. Also included, were unique experiences across the region, donated by Ipswich Town FC, Ice Cook School, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Anglia Indoor Karting, Newmarket Races, Classic Team Lotus, Ipswich Town FC, Decoy Studios, Sundown and Latitude Festivals.


Colin Davidson has donated his Ed Sheeran Portrait Study 4 Signed by the artist and Ed Sheeran himself.

John and Imogen Sheeran, Ed’s parents, wanted to create a lasting legacy from the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition, currently open at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, to support children and young adults across the county. Having met Gina Long, founder of the children’s charity GeeWizz, the idea of a Legacy Auction was created and, over the last year and throughout COVID-19 lockdown, Gina worked closely with them to turn it into reality beyond all their expectations.

Proceeds raised from the auction, will help to enable Zest teenagers and young adults with progressive and life limiting illnesses, to live their lives to the full, supported by specialist nurses and an outreach programme. GeeWizz will be redeveloping a playground at Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich, for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

We are so grateful to have received such an amazing variety of lots, along with £100,000 headline sponsorship from Guy Nicholls of Tru7 Group, who didn’t hesitate to come on board from day one” said Gina Long Founder of GeeWizz Children’s Charity and Organiser of the Legacy Auction. “Despite such challenging times, the Legacy Auction has been supported by sponsorship and expert, professional services in kind from many companies and individuals.  We are truly overwhelmed by the incredible generosity from across Suffolk and East Anglia.”

We are so pleased that the auction will create important, lasting legacies.” Ed’s father, John Sheeran said.  “Proceeds will help to improve the quality of care and wellbeing for children and young adults across the county of Suffolk and beyond. Imogen and I send our thanks to everyone who has organised, supported and donated to the auction.  We cannot think of a better legacy for the exhibition to leave.”

John Sheeran, Gina Long MBE, Patzi Shepperson OBE, Imogen Sheeran
John Sheeran, Gina Long MBE, Patzi Shepperson OBE, Imogen Sheeran

John Sheeran, Gina Long MBE, Patzi Shepperson OBE, Imogen Sheeran

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