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Ed Sheeran guitar raffle helps Framlingham School open 'music ark' for its pupils



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A Framlingham school has opened its new music space – helped by the proceeds from a charity raffle of a special Ed Sheeran guitar.

Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary School officially opened its ‘music ark’, with a series of song and dance routines from its students.

The ark, which has a focus on inclusivity, will allow all children at the College Road school, from nursery up to Year 6, to access the music curriculum, individual instrumental music tuition, extra-curricular music activities and lunchtime wellbeing music clubs.

Headteacher Helen Picton outside the new music ark at the primary school. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Headteacher Helen Picton outside the new music ark at the primary school. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Headteacher Helen Picton said: “We are all amazed and humbled by the immense support we have received for our music ark and outside disabled toilet project.

“From the tiny seed of an idea, born of the need to allow more space for children to become absorbed in everything music is able to offer them, and against the backdrop of recovering from the trauma of a pandemic, an incredible group of people found a solution and made it happen.”

To help with funds for the project, Suffolk charity GeeWizz created the Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk Legacy Auction in collaboration with the Framlingham singer-songwriter.

Ed Sheeran and George Lowden with one of his guitars.
Ed Sheeran and George Lowden with one of his guitars.
Ed Sheeran with the prototype guitar from the raffle.
Ed Sheeran with the prototype guitar from the raffle.

Raffling off Ed Sheeran’s special prototype customised = (equals) guitar, made by his guitar maker of the past six year, George Lowden, the charity sold 10,553 tickets in more than 160 countries, raising £52,765 for the cause.

Others that helped make the music pod a reality included Smart Offices, The Mills Charity, Fram Farmers, Fairweather Law and Foster Electricals.

Mrs Picton said: “These little ones are the future and all the contributors to the project have given us the space for inspiration to flourish in an exciting and truly remarkable way, where new memories can be made and experiences shared.

Headteacher Helen Picton inside the new music ark at the primary school. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Headteacher Helen Picton inside the new music ark at the primary school. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“We are immensely grateful on behalf of all our school family to all our doners for their commitment to making a real difference in the lives of children.”