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Ed Sheeran is donating nearly £1 million to help children learn music.

The 31-year-old singer has donated nearly £500,000 over the past five years through his Framlingham Foundation Trust, and the charity, which trades under the name Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation, or ESSMF, has a similar sum earmarked for young people. They are looking for funding for instruments, concerts and rehearsal spaces, accounts have shown.

A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “Ed has never forgotten his fight to the top and the impact music had on his life. It’s fantastic that he’s helping out in this way.”

Ed’s funding also paid for equipment in the music department of his and his wife Cherry’s former school, Thomas Mills School in Framlingham, Suffolk, with the establishment receiving £30,000 for this purpose.

The school’s music director, Richard Hanley, praised the ‘Lego House’ hitmaker’s support.

He said: “At a time when music and the arts are under pressure and under threat in schools, it is very comforting to know that students at this school have a source of support that allows access and equal opportunity for all.

“It sends a clear message that music and the arts are an essential element of a broad and balanced education, as well as being an essential part of the human experience.”

Another school in the ‘Shape of You’ singer’s hometown, St. Michael’s, was awarded £17,000 as part of an after-school singing and dancing educational scheme.

Ed said, “The reason I do it in Suffolk is [because] It’s the area where I grew up, I still live here and I learned to play music here and I feel like I’ve had a lot of support from the area and I feel like I want to give back some support.”

The ‘Castle on the Hill’ hitmaker – who has daughter Lyra, two and six-month-old son Jupiter with Cherry – has previously admitted he’d rather give away his fortune to help people than keep it for himself.

He said, “It’s like ‘make a dime, spend a dime’ with me. As soon as he walks in, he walks out. I don’t have much value in it. […] I value more that my friends and my family are well.”

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