Ed Sheeran donates money to build new Ipswich Hospital children’s ward

Ed Sheeran has donated money to Ipswich Hospital to build the new chidlren's ward. Pictures: Zakary

Ed Sheeran has donated money to Ipswich Hospital to build the new chidlren's ward. Pictures: Zakary Walters - Credit: Archant

Suffolk popstar Ed Sheeran has donated a “significant” sum of money to build a new children’s ward at Ipswich Hospital,it has been revealed.

The singer has donated the money to The Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity which launched an appeal to “create a modern, welcoming and child-friendly environment fit for the 21st century”.

The £2.5 million project will see the 24-bed Bergholt inpatient ward remodelled and refurbished.

Nick Hulme, chief executive for the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), confirmed the singer had donated a ‘significant’ amount of money to the Ipswich Hospital ward.

He said it would make a “massive difference” and added: “It’s such an amazing gift. It shows incredible generosity.”

Ipswich Hospital has received a donation from Ed Sheeran. Picture: BRAD JONES

Ipswich Hospital has received a donation from Ed Sheeran. Picture: BRAD JONES - Credit: Archant

Mr Hulme said it would “make a massive difference to children and their families for many years to come”.

ESNEFT has tweeted its thanks to the Castle on the Hill singer, who grew up in Framlingham, saying: “We’re gonna pick up the pieces and build a Lego House ... state-of-the-art new children’s department!

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“Big thanks to #Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran for making a donation towards our Children’s Appeal”.

The trust was unable to confirm the amount of money donated.

You can find out more about the Children’s Appeal online.

Ipswich Hospitals Childrens Appeal has been running for two years, Sarah Smith. Picture: EAST SUFF

Ipswich Hospitals Childrens Appeal has been running for two years, Sarah Smith. Picture: EAST SUFFOLK AND NORTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST - Credit: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS

Ipswich Hospitals Childrens Appeal has been running for two years, Hannah Page Picture: EAST SUFF

Ipswich Hospitals Childrens Appeal has been running for two years, Hannah Page Picture: EAST SUFFOLK AND NORTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST - Credit: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS