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Ed Sheeran’s guitar raises cash for local school

Ed Sheeran and George Lowden holding a guitar
Ed Sheeran and George Lowden holding a guitar Image credit: sky.com

A guitar used by Ed Sheeran has raised £52,765 for a Suffolk school so the building can improve its access for pupils with disabilities and install a new music room.

The instrument was donated by the global award winning singer to the GeeWizz charity who auctioned it off on behalf of Sir Robert Hitcham’s School in Framlingham.

Hospital worker Kellie Myers, from Ipswich, won the bid for the prototype guitar created by Sheeran and George Lowden so he could hand it down to his sons Henry, 14 and Jacob, 13 who are learning how to play music.

Ed, who is also from Suffolk, signed the guitar with the message: "Henry + Jacob! Play this guitar!"

He also added “Wait for me to come home” making reference to Ms Myer’s favourite Sheeran track ‘Photograph’.

She said: "My boys have been learning to play for a couple of years now.

"As a family we adore Ed. He really supports our community and local charities."

"GeeWizz is an amazing charity and they've been doing a lot for the local community, so we wanted to support them and Ed."

Ed launched the raffle before Christmas in a video of himself holding the guitar where the said: "This is the prototype of the new Equals guitar by Sheeran Guitars by Lowden.

"It is one of one, there is not another guitar like this.

"This is the guitar that gets sent to me to check that all the other guitars are all right - it says prototype in it.

“If you win it you can have it personalised, I can write some lyrics on it, I'll do whatever you want!"

Gina Long MBE, founder of GeeWizz, said: "What a wonderful life-changing fundraiser to finish the year with, it's the very best Christmas present GeeWizz is able to give, thanks to the generosity and kindness of Ed Sheeran, who is charity champion on every level."

Any funds left over from the raffle will be given to projects for learning disabled and neurodivergent children around Suffolk.