London: He has the ability to weaken the knees of many a music fan with his meaningful lyrics and impeccably skilled vocal skills. But the talented Ed Sheeran is about to go one further, as it has been reported he is set to give up a large amount of his time to volunteer at a charity shop.
The kind-hearted Thinking Out Loud hitmaker is believed to be planning to use a long break, starting next month, from music to help out at the Sue Ryder shop in his home town of Framlingham, Suffolk. The 24-year-old singer-songwright is also said to be working on turning an old police station into a youth club for local residents.
Manager of Sue Ryder Jacqui Bell told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: ‘There’s a good possibility he will volunteer here. We’d welcome him.–DM
‘My volunteers, who are aged between 61 and 91, know Ed because he was brought up in the town. They would be fine working with him.
‘He purchased the old police station to open up a youth club for £1million, so he’ll also be helping there when its up and running. I think he will draw the youngsters into our shop which would be good for us.’
It is not the first time the multi-award winning star has made a significant donation to local causes.
As well as previously donating his entire wardrobe to good causes, earlier this year he gave away his entire outfit - eight items in total - that he wore at the Grammy Awards in order to raise some cash.
He wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘Given my whole wardrobe to a bunch of charity shops. All stuff worn on shoots, videos and live.Stuff ranging from the Ralph hoodies, Fenchurch T-shirts and Nike trainers (sic)’
The shop that felt the huge benefit of such A-list garments was the Elizabeth Hospice charity shop in his hometown.