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Ed Sheeran kick-starts Suffolk Covid-19 appeal

Pop star Ed Sheeran has helped kick-start a new appeal to help communities in his home county recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Suffolk Community Foundation (SCF) wants to raise £2m as part of its Rebuilding Local Lives initiative.

The BBC Radio Suffolk-backed campaign will get vital funds to community groups and charities helping those in need during the Covid-19 crisis and as the nation emerges from it.

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SCF did not disclose the amount donated by the Framlingham singer.

Tim Holder, SCF's head of public affairs, said they were "excited and grateful" to receive the support from the 29-year-old.

He said: "Ed’s visibility as a supporter will really boost to our ability to raise awareness of the fund and this new appeal, and now we can inspire even more people to support Suffolk charities and community groups to get Suffolk lives back on track as we come out of lockdown."

Legendary music venue launches crowdfund to survive

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The West London music venue where Bob Dylan played his first ever UK concert is fighting for survival, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise cash.

Established in 1954, The Troubadour in Old Brompton Road has hosted Jimi Hendrix, as well as Adele and Ed Sheeran in recent years.

Even the legendary American author Jack Kerouac has recited his works on its basement stage.

Despite having reopened for takeaway drinks and food, the Troubadour now finds itself in good company with hundreds of other independent venues that are struggling to stay afloat during the lockdown.

Last month, it launched a Crowdfunder page where fans could donate money to help it continue paying rent and other overheads.

The venue has been run since 2015 by co-directors Patricia Borzych and Giles McNamee, who both live in the US.

From her home in Boston, Ms Borzych, 39, said: “Giles and myself have been stressed about what to do for our 40 employees. We have staff who have been there since 2002.

“They are our family and it’s sad to not be able to help them help their families.”

Ms Borzych continued: “Our goal from the crowdfunding is to raise £15,000 to offset about 25 per cent of our operating costs, and we’re talking to our landlord to see what they can give us.”

Nearly £3,300 has been raised so far, from 76 supporters, including one who pledged £500.