Ed Sheeran donates artwork to Ipswich charity Cancer Campaign in Suffolk for prize draw coinciding with 30th birthday month
Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has shown his support to a cancer charity by donating one of his own artworks which will help it raise vital funds during his 30th birthday month.
Sheeran, of Framlingham, gifted one of his abstract paintings to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCiS) for a prize draw which launches today.
The artwork is part of the singer's collection of works that he created after his long-running Divide world tour ended in 2019.
The #perfectpicture prize draw - which runs until Friday, March 12 - coincides with Sheeran's 30th birthday on February 17, and with the charity's own milestone of helping more than 30,000 people in Suffolk.
Sheeran said he wanted to make the gesture as “it’s a fantastic cause and will help a lot of people in Suffolk”.
CCiS, which is based in Ipswich, helps local residents before, during and after cancer through body and cancer awareness, counselling and complementary therapies, and beauty and wellbeing projects.
Proceeds raised through the prize draw for the artwork will support this work.
Karen Hare, chief executive of CCiS, said, as a 'small, local charity', they were 'so excited and grateful' to Sheeran for showing his support to their work by donating the 'terrific gift'.
She said: "Every pound raised helps hugely and will enable us to continue all our projects, give us some security and the opportunity to meet the future needs of those living with cancer.
"All the monies we raise stay in Suffolk to help people in the local community and with one in two of us having a cancer diagnosis in our lives, it means we will all be touched in some way.
"Think local, spend local, and support local.”
It's not the first time the singer has donated one of his paintings to raise money for local causes.
In November, another of his artworks - called Dab 2 - sold for £40,000 as part of the Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk Legacy Auction, which raised a total of more than £500,000 for charities GeeWizz and Zest.
CCiS's prize draw launches at 10am today and will run until 10am on Friday, March 12.
Tickets cost £20 each. For more information on how to buy a ticket, or the work CCiS does, visit www.ccisuffolk.org.