Ed Sheeran has reportedly donated £170,000 to his old secondary school. The musician, 29, who went to Thomas Mills High School in Suffolk during his teenage years, is said to have made the contributions in a bid to help find the next global superstar who can follow in his footsteps. Holding strong memories for the singer, the facility is where Ed first started penning tracks and met his wife Cherry Seaborn.
Over the past two years, the A Team hitmaker’s charity Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation has provided the school with cameras, MacBooks and a photography darkroom for its art and IT departments.
According to The Sun, a report from the charity’s trustees said: ”Following grants to Thomas Mills School, this has enabled them to successfully upgrade their Art, IT and Music rooms for students to improve their educational performance.”
”Soundproofing, a new photography studio and several high-end composition and recording software programs have been purchased and installed.”
The school Director of Music Richard Hanley added: ”Pupils and staff at this school are fortunate to have a benefactor who knows and appreciates the value of the arts in education, how important they are and how they can indeed change lives.”
The foundation – which aims to help young people who live in Suffolk with grants to help with studying or playing music – has also given £20,000 to a local primary and charity Aldeburgh Hospital League of Friends for a sensory garden project using instruments for patients.
MailOnline has contacted Ed’s representatives and a spokesperson for Thomas Mills School for further comment. Earlier this month, the belter was officially named as the UK’s richest musician under the age of 30.
The songwriter saw his wealth soar by another £40million, meaning his total wealth is £200million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
He announced that he would take a break from his music career are finishing his record-breaking Divide Tour and marrying his childhood sweetheart Cherry, 28.
Second on the illustrious list is Harry Styles, followed by Niall Horan in third place, Louis Tomlinson in fifth place, and Liam Payne and Zayn Malik in sixth and seventh places. Pop star Rihanna has burst in to the top of the charts as Britain’s third-richest musician overall – thanks to her line of raunchy lingerie and a move to London.