The Ipswich based singer has donated £10,000 to The Myton Hospices charity, following an appeal made by fellow chart-topping musician John Parker of the folk duo Nizlopi, formed in Leamington Spa. Nizlopi had a number one single named JCB back in 2005, and Parker is good friends with Sheeran, as the singer used to work as a guitar technician for the band before finding his own international success.
Parker contacted Sheeran on the “off chance” that he could contribute to the fundraising event, where he intends on running a marathon in the name of the charity, and was overwhelmed to find that the musician had donated such a large sum of money. Sheeran sent the money via a JustGiving page, under the name ‘Ted’. Parker said: “I’m massively touched by Ed’s sponsorship, kindness and support. It proves that no matter how famous you get, you can still be a top person.”
The Myton Hospices are in need of £7.8 million to continue to support those in need, looking after those in the Coventry and Warwickshire area with life-limiting illnesses, and supporting their families. The charity provides its services free of charge.
This is far from the first time that Sheeran has been so charitable, having raised over £400K for various charities when auctioning off his Jackson Pollock style art pieces, as well as past lyric sheets and even a handful of his childhood Lego. Earlier this year, he also sold a painting called Splash Planet for £51,000 at a raffle that was in aid of the small charity, Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCiS).
CEO of The Myton Hospices, Ruth Freeman said: “We are blown away by Ed Sheeran’s donation and would like to thank him for his generosity and support - it really will make a big difference to our patients and their families.” They also commend Parker’s dedication, stating: “John has done such a fantastic job training for his marathon, and continuing to raise awareness and vital funds for Myton and we can’t thank him enough! None of our work would be possible without people like him.”
Parker is running the Virtual London Marathon on 3 October. You can donate to The Myton Hospices via his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-parker39.