Ed Sheeran donates $20,000 to local hospital that cared for his late grandmother

music news 26/11/2020

The hospital that cared for Ed Sheeran's grandmother as she lived out her final days has received a very generous donation from the popstar himself.

Ed, who is enjoying a life away from music and as a new dad, donated £10,000 to the hospital, with the intention that the money will buy musical instruments for dementia patients and those with special needs and audiovisual disabilities.

Sheeran discussed his late grandmother in an essay he penned for the book Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You:

“I was lucky enough not to be on tour during my grandmother’s final months, and because I lived locally I was able to visit her every few days,” he wrote.

“The care she received was incredible; the people who worked there so lovely, compassionate, funny and caring.”

He continued: “When she passed away I wrote a song called Supermarket Flowers about the situation. The verse lyrics are about packing up her room at that hospital.

“Me and my family became very close to the nurses who worked there and my mum is still in touch with them now. I see them from time to time when I’m in the area and it’s like meeting old friends.”