Ed Sheeran ‘planning to volunteer in charity shop’ during time away from music

There's 'a good possibility' he will volunteer, says the manager of the Sue Ryder shop in Framlingham, Suffolk

Earlier this year Ed Sheeran revealed he was hoping to “get on the outside [of the showbiz bubble] for at least a year”. Now it has emerged that he may spend some of that time working in his local charity shop.

The manager of the Sue Ryder shop in Framlingham, Suffolk, recently told the press, “There’s a good possibility he will volunteer here. We’d welcome him.

“My volunteers, who are aged between 61 and 91, know Ed because he was brought up in the town. They would be fine working with him.”

She also highlighted that the 24-year-old had recently bought an old police station for £1 million, a site he has turned into a youth club. “He’ll also be helping there when it’s up and running. I think he will draw the youngsters into our shop which will be good for us.” Sheeran has yet to comment.

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The singer recently shared an image of a tattoo on his chest. The lion tattoo is only half finished according to Sheeran and was designed to mark his three sell-out gigs at London’s Wembley Stadium in July.

Some people online were critical of the tattoo, noting in particular its size and colour. Sheeran was defiant, tweeting about his lack of interest in what others make of his choice in ink. “All this kerfuffle over a tattoo,” he tweeted. “If it was black and white saying a clever phrase in a language I can’t speak no one would’ve said anything.”

“It’s not the first weird tattoo I’ve got and it won’t be the last,” he added. “I like all of them.”

Among other images, Sheeran has tattoos of the Heinz tomato-ketchup logo, the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air typography and a teddy bear, after his childhood nickname of ‘Teddy’.