September 17 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Fans of Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran will soon know what it’s like to walk in his shoes - and the rest of his wardrobe.
An agonising wait came to end for Ed devotees today when three charities revealed they had each received eight bags of the singer’s clothes.
Followers are now expected to flock to shops in the former Thomas Mills High School pupil’s hometown in search of the most sought after pieces of memorabilia going.
News of the enormous donation first broke on Monday, when Ed tweeted that he was giving his unwanted clothing to charity shops in Suffolk.
It prompted a frenzy of phone calls from fans to shops around the county - but no one knew exactly where the items were until Ed’s parents dropped them off at the St Elizabeth Hospice and Sue Ryder shops in Framlingham, and to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices fundraising office in Ipswich, this morning.
Assistant manager at the St Elizabeth Hospice shop, Jemma Wood, said: “It’s very exciting. The hype started on Monday with people contacting the shop - but we hadn’t received anything until his mum arrived with eight bags full to the brim.
“We had a quick look inside. There are new clothes, worn clothes and clothes from gigs and photo shoots. We have no idea what people might be willing to pay for some of them.”
Items of clothing at both shops in Market Hill range from brand new trainers to promotional T-shirts, and from scarves and hats to belts and jackets. There is even a onesie and a personalised ice-hockey jersey bearing Ed’s surname.
St Elizabeth Hospice will be taking the clothing away to be properly valued before announcing when they will go up for sale. An announcement is expected either tomorrow or over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Sue Ryder team are planning an everything-must-go auction inside the shop on Good Friday.
Manager Jacquie Bell said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Everything is Gift Aided, so it means another 25% for the charity.
“We’ve got sweatshirts, trainers, belts, hats. Some of it is brand new and some of it is promotional material.
“He is a local boy made good, and to support us in his hometown is brilliant.”
The volunteers at Sue Ryder have not yet studied every item, but did find a sachet of herbal tea in one of the jacket’s pockets. It was put back as a bonus memento for one lucky fan.
It is thought Ed once bought a secondhand guitar from the shop while he was still at school.
Melanie Chew, EACH director of fundraising, said: “We’re delighted to have received eight bags of Ed’s clothing.
“We’re planning a sale of some of the items at our new Framlingham shop in Suffolk, which is due to open in late spring.
“We’ll also host an online auction to ensure all Ed’s fans have an opportunity to bid for the items. We’re looking forward to maximising this wonderful opportunity and would like to thank Ed for his very generous donation.
“A number of Suffolk charities will benefit from Ed’s generosity, and we’re delighted to be one of the select few.”
Ed became an EACH Ambassador in February following a visit to The Treehouse in Ipswich where he met with children and families as well as EACH staff. During his visit, Ed took part in a music therapy session with the children and played guitar. He has already made donations of Lego, musical instruments and the free use of his music for publicity videos, as well as donating royalties from the sale of a guitar.