Sheeran performs only gig of year at hospice fundraiser


Ed Sheeran performs at East Anglian Children”s Hospices fundraiser

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Ed Sheeran performed for the first time in a year at an East Anglian Children”s Hospices fundraising event

Singer Ed Sheeran has performed his only gig of 2016 at a fundraising event for a new children”s hospice.

The musician sang some of his biggest hits at a gala dinner for East Anglian Children”s Hospices (EACH) at the Natural History Museum.

EACH is trying to raise £10 million for a site in Norfolk called “the nook”, offering new services to families.

He said he was “enormously proud and excited” to perform a 40-minute acoustic set on Wednesday night.

Sheeran has not performed in public since December last year, when he announced he would be travelling the world and “taking a break” from his phone and social media.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, EACH”s royal patron, said the new hospice would make “a huge difference”

Guests at the museum also heard a message from EACH”s royal patron, The Duchess of Cambridge.

She described the charity as “a wonderful organisation” and said the new hospice would make “a huge difference to thousands of children and families for many years to come”.

As well as performing on the night, Sheeran – an EACH ambassador – donated a drum kit for a global auction for the charity, which raised £2,650.

Graham Butland, EACH”s chief executive, said the auction “helped to raise the profile of the vital care we provide to life-threatened children and young people”.

The proposed new hospice will offer services currently unavailable at its other site, such as a hydrotherapy pool and music studio, and will have more accessible outside space.