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Monday 30 May 2016

Ed Sheeran donates his guitar to Ulster children’s charity

John McGurk

Published 06/02/2013

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Big hearted pop star Ed Sheeran is striking the right chord with a Northern Ireland kids charity.


For the red haired rocker with Lisburn family roots has donated one of his precious guitars to the Action for Children group.

The 22-year-old indie singer-songwriter signed the guitar which will be auctioned off at the charity’s huge music quiz fundraising night in Belfast next month.

Ed, who scored four consecutive UK Top Ten hits including The A Team, gave his beloved guitar to Action for Children here during his visit to Belfast for two sold out shows at the Odyssey Arena in early January.

The guitar will go to the highest bidder at the Never Mind The Business music quiz and dinner at the Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast on March 28. Ed, who won two Brit Awards last year and wrote

teenybop sensations One Direction’s recent chart topper, Little Things, has a special connection with Northern Ireland.

Former Krypton Factor TV series presenter Gordon Burns recently revealed to Sunday Life that they are related through his grandmother’s sister who married a Sheeran.

Halifax born, Suffolk-raised Ed whose debut album + sold more than one and a half million copies in the UK alone has regularly performed live in Northern Ireland.

The 21-year-old is currently in the USA on tour and preparing for a prestige duet with Sir Elton John at the Grammy Awards next Sunday.

Action for Children Northern Ireland partnership fundraising manager Helen Quigley told Sunday Life: “The monies raised from the auction of what I can only imagine to be a highly sought after item amongst his fans will make a real difference to children in our community who need our help.”

n If you want to bid for Ed Sheeran’s signed guitar, or enter a team for the Never Mind The Business music quiz, email or call 02892689631 or follow them on Facebook at|NeverMindTheBusinessNI

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