“It’s been fascinating and we hope the momentum, interest and bidding will rumble on for many more weeks” – boxer shorts sell for around £200 apiece as the first 20 of Ed’s donations raise £3,500

Pairs of boxer shorts donated by pop megastar Ed Sheeran are selling for around £200 apiece in a charity auction run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

EACH Ambassador Ed has handed over nearly 450 garments and accessories including jumpers, trousers, hats, jackets, belts, bags and T-shirts.

The majority are being sold via EACH’s eBay site and a sale of the first 20 items ended on Sunday night, generating £3,500. Five were sold to overseas bidders.

The best seller over the weekend was a Platinum Jubilee Charlie Mackesy T-shirt, which went for £510. A Sunday Funday long sleeve T-shirt sold for £310 and a pair of used socks was snapped up for £155.

Further auctions are ending on Friday (24th November) and Sunday (26th November) and the standout item currently in the spotlight is an Ipswich Town replica top, which has 68 bids and stands at £720.

“It’s been fascinating and we hope the momentum, interest and bidding will rumble on for many more weeks,” said EACH Director of Retail Ian Nicolson.

“To raise around £3,500 from the first 20 items was incredible and there were some eye-catching sales, including the boxer shorts – the subject of such frenzied media interest last week – that all went for around £200. A pair of Ellen DeGeneres ones sold for £257.

“It’s great fun and there are still lots of chances for people to bid on other things, with many more items now online and auctions ending this Friday and Sunday.

“Every pound raised will make a difference and help us continue our vital work supporting families and caring for children across East Anglia.”

EACH went public with its plans to hold the auction last Monday and the media interest was vast, with national TV and newspaper coverage and online stories appearing across the globe, from Seattle, Minnesota and Ohio to Kenya, Nigeria and New Zealand.

To see what items are currently available, head here. To read the full story and find out more about Ed’s donation, click here.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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