Ed Sheeran donates signed guitar to hospice

15th December 2017

News update:

We’re delighted to say our signed Ed Sheeran guitar has been auctioned to a local person for £4,500! The money will go towards supporting our free hospice care.  Thanks to Ed – and to everyone for bidding in the auction!



Superstar musician Ed Sheeran MBE has donated a signed guitar to help raise money for a Worcester hospice.

St Richard’s Hospice has launched an online auction for the new Martin & Co guitar, which bears a message from Ed reading ‘play this guitar!’.

The instrument was donated to St Richard’s by the multi award-winning singer-songwriter in recognition of the care provided to someone special to him.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “It came out of the blue – we were contacted and asked if we would be happy to accept this amazing donation, and of course it took us about ten seconds to say: ‘Absolutely we would!’.

“We’re thrilled to be able to auction this in time for Christmas, ready to hopefully attack that global market of all those fans out there who may want this unique and very special Christmas gift.

“We are very, very grateful to Ed for this gift. It was in recognition of the services St Richard’s has provided to someone very special in Ed’s life.

“It is really something very, very unique and special – and it’s even more special that all the money raised by this wonderful gift goes toward serving future patients and families of St Richard’s Hospice.”

Bids can be placed online until noon on Monday, 18th December by visiting

The highest bidder will receive the guitar, which comes in its own original Martin & Co bag.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

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