Imogen Sheeran, mum of singer Ed, creates jewellery to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice
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A bracelet designed by the mother of a global pop sensation has been created to raise funds for a Suffolk charity - following the success of a previous charity bracelet worn by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
Imogen Sheeran, mother of singer-songwriter Ed, has the designed the bespoke piece of jewellery after being invited to do so by St Elizabeth Hospice.
The handmade bracelets, on sale in all 25 of the hospice stores, use purple, blue and green cube beads to fit in with the charity’s new shop colours.
Mrs Sheeran, of Framlingham, said: “I have supported St Elizabeth Hospice for a long time and, like most people, I know lots of families who have been touched by and benefitted from the help of the hospice.
“Having worked with them over the past few months, selling my jewellery in the Hospice shop in Framlingham, I jumped at the chance to design a special, bespoke St Elizabeth Hospice bracelet.
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“I designed it to be an attractive accessory which women will want to wear, but also to reflect the Hospice, and luckily, the colours of the Hospice shops, green, blue and purple, complement each other so well, that it all ties in nicely.
“I really hope that people love the bracelet, buy it, wear it, and spread the word to their friends and families about where they got it from and hopefully it will raise lots of money for this wonderful local charity.”
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The bespoke creation comes after Mrs Sheeran raised thousands of pounds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, with a bracelet that was worn by many, not least by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
St Elizabeth Hospice improves life for people living with a progressive illness in East Suffolk and South Norfolk, providing care and support to patients wherever required, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice.
Patrick Otter, St Elizabeth Hospice’s retail area manager, said: “Imogen’s jewellery collection is fantastic and has been very popular in our Framlingham shop, so we were delighted when she agreed to design a bracelet exclusively for the hospice.
“We really hope people like the bracelet as much as we do and buy it and wear it to support the Hospice.
“All the money raised from the sales of the bracelet will go towards providing care and support to our patients and their families.
“The bracelet costs just £10 and by buying one you could help pay for a nurse for half an hour to make life a little easier for patients and their families, whether it’s for pain relief, emotional support, or a caring hand.
“It costs millions of pounds a year to run the Hospice, with around 20% of the money we raise coming from the income generated from our shops.
“By buying the special bracelet, you really will be making a difference, helping us continue to provide our vital services to the local community.”
As well as the bracelet, matching necklaces, earrings and cufflinks are also available on request, with a wide range of Mrs Sheeran’s jewellery, including the Ed Sheeran collection, on sale in her local hospice shop in Market Hill, Framlingham.
To find your nearest hospice shop, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/shops
The bracelet, along with Mrs Sheeran’s full jewellery collection, can be seen and purchased from www.imogensheeran.com
It’s not the first time Imogen Sheeran has created a piece of jewellery to raise funds for a Suffolk hospice.
In 2012, Mrs Sheeran designed a bracelet for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which became so popular after being worn by The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to The Treehouse in Ipswich, an extra 1,000 were made, raising thousands and increasing the profile of the charity.
Mrs Sheeran said at the time: “I’m delighted the bracelet has been so successful – I never imagined it would be this popular. I originally made a batch of 25, then 50, and then 100 and it kept growing – soon 1,000 had been sold and I was asked for another 1,000. I’m delighted it’s selling well and raising lots of money for such an important cause.”
Last year, Ed also donated his wardrobe to four Suffolk charities – EACH, St Elizabeth Hospice, Sue Ryder and Suffolk Family Carers – again raising thousands.