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Ed Sheeran opens care home suite in hometown

Ed Sheeran helped 'christen' a suite in his name at a care home in his native Suffolk, England on Tuesday (20Oct15).

The Lego House singer was back in Framlingham, where he grew up, to celebrate the relaunch of the newly-renovated Mills Meadow center, which provides nursing care for the elderly.


Ed, who was joined by his mom and dad, took a tour of the facility and spent time talking to residents and their family members before cutting the ribbon to the Sheeran Suite, one of four new areas at the care home.


"It's quite nice here," the singer told local newspaper the East Anglian Daily Times. "My grandfather passed away from dementia in a home like this, so it's nice to see what they are doing here - they’re doing some good stuff."


"My dad was joking with me, saying that he's picked out his room already; he's convinced he's going to end up here," Ed said. "Maybe it's a premonition. It's nice here, everyone is really friendly."


In appreciation of his generosity, bosses at Care UK, which manages the care home, presented Ed with a check for $312.50 for the charity of his choice, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The residents also presented him with a Lego set as a token of their gratitude.


Ed has had a triumphant return to his hometown - he was given an honorary doctorate from nearby University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich on Monday (19Oct15) in recognition of his contribution to music. The distinction was particularly special for Ed, as he dropped out of school at the age of 16 in order to pursue his music dreams and never attended college.


But now Ed can proudly show off his honorary degree, after being feted at a ceremony back home on Monday (19Oct15), and he took to Instagram.com after receiving the diploma.


"I graduated today, I am now officially Dr. Sheeran," he wrote.