Ed Sheeran donates clothes to Suffolk charity shops

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Sheeran, who has over nine million Twitter followers, posted his tweet on Sunday afternoon

Pop star Ed Sheeran has sparked a flurry of interest in charity shops around Suffolk after announcing he had donated his clothing.

Sheeran tweeted that he had "given my whole wardrobe [to] a bunch of charity shops" around his home county.

The Framlingham singer-songwriter is an ambassador for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), but the charity said it had not had any formal donation.

EACH and St Elizabeth Hospice both said fans had visited its stores in Ipswich.

Sheeran, who has more than nine million followers on Twitter, posted news about his giveaway of "stuff worn on shoots, videos and live" on Sunday.

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Ed Sheeran's stage attire often includes T-shirts, jeans and hoodies
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Framlingham's two charity shops said they had not seen any clothes left by Ed Sheeran

His agent has not confirmed which charities Sheeran had donated to - or whether he had taken in the items personally or provided certificates of authentication.

Sheeran put his name to a limited-edition acoustic guitar which was sold in aid of EACH last year.

An EACH spokesman said: "We're not aware of any of Ed's wardrobe items being donated to our network of shops, but fans have visited our Ipswich shop this morning enquiring about it.

"Given Ed's generosity, we're not surprised he's chosen to donate his items to charity shops.

"In not divulging which shops he's donated to, Ed's actions could prove to be a boost for all charity shops across Suffolk as fans go out in search of Ed's gear and visit shops they wouldn't normally venture in to."

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Ed Sheeran, who grew up in Framlingham, performed at Ipswich Music Day in 2009 and 2010

Jason Rudderham, of St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich, said: "We haven't had any items donated to our shops by Ed Sheeran sadly, but we have had a few of his fans visit our shop in Market Hill, Framlingham, looking for the items he tweeted about."

Jacqueline Bell, manager at Sue Ryder in Framlingham, said: "We do know Ed Sheeran bought his first guitar here.

"We have had loads of phone calls from fans wanting to know if we had the donations as they want to come buy them."

A few bags which had been delivered on Saturday were opened on Monday afternoon, but did not contain any of Sheeran's donated clothes.

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