Ed Sheeran is donating more than 300 personal items including clothing, vinyl records, sunglasses, backpack and satchels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures and much more – including a pair of his boxers with “sexy bastard” stitched in the waistband, to support a UK-based charity which supports terminally-ill young adults called Zest. Bidders from all over the world can register to bid for the items and view the catalog online at the auction website. The online auction via Bishop and Miller, opens NOV. 10 at 9:30 GMT which is 5:30 a.m. ET.
Zest is a new initiative launched by St. Elizabeth Hospice for the care and support of teens and young adults age 14-25 who have been diagnosed with an incurable illness. Zest has two UK-based retail outlets. One is in Ipswich and one is in Colchester and both shops rely on donated clothing and other goods which are then sold to raise money for the charity.
The organization also hosts fundraising events at various locations. Per the website, a special preview of some of Ed Sheeran’s items being auctioned will be held on Oct. 25 at his former high school Thomas Mills. Up to 300 people can look at the collection and even place pre-bids. Attendees must pre-register and tickets will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The "Shape of You" singer-songwriter is known for supporting all sorts of children’s charities, including Centrepoint youth homeless organization, the Teenage Cancer Trust for which he played a benefit at Royal Albert Hall, and East Anglia Children’s Hospices, for which he played his only live show during his pre-Divide hiatus. He also made a life-changing trip to Liberia to support Red Nose Day and recently visited Boston Children's Hospital to play a song and answer questions from the young patients. Watch a video of Sheeran playing his uplifting song "What Do I Know?" to kids in Liberia to support Red Nose Day above.
Sheeran spoke of supporting Zest in a statement saying, “I'm really pleased to be able to help St Elizabeth Hospice with their Zest initiative. The care of young adults living with terminal illnesses is vital and I'm so pleased that the auction will raise both awareness and support for this important cause."
If you’ve dreamed of snuggling up in one of Ed Sheeran’s t-shirts, or would love to tote your stuff around in one of his personal satchels, or play some vinyl from his private collection (featuring The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and more), be sure to earn your chance at a winning bid by registering for the online auction and then bidding for the things you want most. Placing bids will support Zest and make a positive impact for young adults living with a terminal illness.
Find out more about volunteering for Zest via the website or learn more about making a direct donation here. Stay tuned to AXS for more on Ed Sheeran.