As a result of Ed Sheeran’s generous support, a new music center has opened in Suffolk, England.
According to the BBC, the “Bad Habits” singer raffled off one of his guitars and raised enough money to help establish the SRH Music Ark at a primary school in his hometown. The guitar raised $52,765 for the charity auction, which is around $63,000.
The Grammy-winning musician collaborated with Northern Ireland-based guitar maker George Lowden to custom-design the acoustic guitar for the fundraiser. It was Ed’s new record that prompted him to engrave an equals symbol into the fretboard inlays. Afterwards, Ed made a vow to sign whatever person won the guitar in a raffle.
Harry, 14, and Jacob, 13, are overjoyed, according to their mother, Kellie Myers. The “Shivers” singer had written, “Henry + Jacob!” on the guitar, which she gave to her two teenage kids. “Henry + Jacob! Play this guitar!”
Students at Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School in Framlingham are grateful to Ed for his kind gesture, which will allow the center to open soon. According to the students in the new facility, it’s a “wonderful location.”
It’s an honor to have our own music room for our school, and Ed Sheeran and his crew deserve a lot of credit for making this happen.
It was designed with every kid in mind, says Helen Picton, the principal. “We have a music pod that is open to all of our neurodivergent children. We have a disabled toilet so we can have disabled facilities for the children,” she explained. “Music is the heart of our school and to actually have this wonderful resource here is a very emotional thing.”
The article is paraphrased and summarized from the following: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-62012116