Just one item that has raised £152,550 for Ipswich's St. Elizabeth Hospice
A pig-shaped statue of Ed Sheeran has sold for £6200 at a charity auction in Ipswich.
As reported earlier today, the Suffolk-raised songwriter had already played a major role in the charity auction, which is being held to raise money for the Ipswich-based St. Elizabeth Hospice. Sheeran donated 12 bags of his clothes to the auction, which included the suits he wore to the BRITs and the Grammys in recent years.
An item not donated by Sheeran but instead inspired by the artist sold during the online auction earlier today. A pig-shaped statue – complete with a representation of Sheeran’s ginger hair – has sold for £6200, as Mashable reports. The statue has been called “Ed Sheer-Ham”, and the songwriter has said that he will sign the winning lot for its new owner.
See a picture of the pig statue in question below.
“Ed Sheer-Ham” was just one of 39 pig-shaped statues to be made for the Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich. Sheeran’s statue was designed by the Norfolk artist Martin J Wall.
Speaking about Sheeran’s clothing donations, St Elizabeth Hospice shop manager Rachel Pollard said: “We’re delighted Ed has donated so many clothes to us. Over the last few years, we’ve had multiple donations from him, and they’ve proved very popular. People come from all over to queue to buy them, as well as people across the globe bidding online. We’re really grateful for Ed choosing to support us.”
Over the years, Sheeran’s donations have brought an estimated £4,000 to the hospice, which provides care and support to local people with life-limiting illnesses. You can have a look at their eBay auction, which is currently listing one of Sheeran’s shirts, here.