Ed Sheeran and Coldplay support new Worcestershire charity

Two of the world’s biggest music acts are supporting new Worcestershire charity, The Mockingbird Trust, which will help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Ed Sheeran, who dominated the pop charts and broke records around the world after releasing his album Divide, has painted a fun self-portrait for the charity, while Coldplay have donated a guitar signed by the whole band, along with VIP tickets to any of their concerts.

Music fans will have the chance to bid for the items at the charity’s official launch, The Mockingbird Ball, which is taking place near Great Witley on 24 June or by visiting the charity’s website.

The Mockingbird Ball is a black-tie event taking place in the glorious grounds of a prestigious private home in Hillhampton, near Great Witley. The event will include a champagne reception, three course meal and two live bands, as well as the fundraising auction.

The painting by Ed Sheeran and the Coldplay guitar will be at the ball to view. Ed Sheeran painted his fun self-portrait on canvas with the words ‘Feed Me’ across the top, while Coldplay have each signed the beautiful cream coloured Fender Squire Affinity Electric guitar. The band have also donated VIP tickets, with the winning bidder able to choose any date and location in their current tour.

The auction will also include many other celebrity and ‘money-can’t-buy’ items.

Tickets for the Mockingbird Ball are £100, including the champagne reception, three-course meal and live entertainment. Information on how to buy a ticket is on the charity’s website.

The Coldplay items are going to be auctioned at the ball itself, while the Ed Sheeran painting will be auctioned on-line, with ball attendees also bidding on their phones and the auction ending during the ball.

Bidding on the Ed Sheeran painting will begin in the middle of May. To find out more, including how to bid, visit the Mockingbird Trust website at www.TheAnnaWilkinsonMockingbirdTrust.co.uk