Ed Sheeran has announced that he has been visiting his terminally ill grandmother's bed almost every day for the past few months.
The 29-year-old singer announced that he is still friends with many of the National Health Service staff at Aldeburgh Hospital in Suffolk, who looked after his Irish grandmother Anne so well until her death.
Ed's open insight was featured in an essay for Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, in which many stars reflect on their own experiences with the NHS.
Sad: Ed Sheeran, 29, has announced that he's been visiting his terminally ill grandmother's bed almost every day for the past few months
Ed related how he is still haunted by his grandmother's death and said, “I was lucky enough not to be on tour with my grandmother in the past few months and because I lived there I was able to visit her every few days.
& # 39; The care she received was incredible; The people who worked there so nicely, compassionately, funny and caring.
When she died, I wrote a song called Supermarket Flowers about the situation. The Vertexts are about packing your room in this hospital.
“I and my family got very close to the nurses who worked there, and my mother is still in touch with them. I see them from time to time when I'm around and it's like meeting old friends. & # 39;
Sad: The 29-year-old singer announced that he is still friends with many of the NHS staff at Aldeburgh Hospital in Suffolk, who looked after his Irish grandmother Anne (pictured) so well until her death
Ed also played a song to his grandmother that was inspired by her love for his grandfather William before her death and was titled Nanny Mulligan based on her Irish background.
He then paid tribute to her in the song Supermarket Flowers, which he performed at the 2018 BRIT Awards after it had been released on his album ÷.
Although Ed is valued at £ 160m, he is grateful for the NHS and has used it several times in the past few years.
Emotional: Ed paid tribute to his grandmother in the song Supermarket Flowers, which he performed at the 2018 BRIT Awards after it was released on his album ÷
He added: “I was born in Halifax in an NHS hospital, I was in the general practitioner's office every few weeks for the first few months with ear infections and had laser treatment for a port wine stain on my eye in Leeds General Infirmary. I had stitches for several years different parts of my body because I was always a curious child throughout my childhood. When I was eleven years old, my eardrum was replaced in the Ipswich Hospital children's ward and I got both arms in Ipswich A&E when I fell off my bike in mid-tour in 2017.
"And I haven't even mentioned dental and eye care!
"The NHS has really been in every ups and downs of my life so far, and every visit – even though I was either in pain or scared – has never been as bad as I had imagined, and that was because of how professional and kind she was There were doctors, nurses and support staff. & # 39;
Important: Although Ed is valued at £ 160m, he is grateful for the NHS and has used it several times in the past few years
He added: “Places like Aldeburgh Hospital simply don't exist in many parts of the world and in many places such places are private and cost a lot of money, or you have to have health insurance to have access.
& # 39; The NHS is unique. It can be taken for granted or simply accepted as a norm, but it is not the norm.
“Without sounding cheesy, it is the backbone of our country and is adored by me and millions more.
“This time of crisis has reminded so many of how important it is to us and the country, and I hope that in the future it will receive the financial support and respect it deserves.
“It was created to provide consistently excellent and reliable health care to everyone regardless of their background or resources, and we must never lose it.
“Thank you to everyone who works for the NHS. Thank you for putting other people's pain and suffering above your own, and thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. & # 39;
Ed joined a number of stars who shared their own experiences with the NHS in a book compiled by former doctor Adam Kay.
Touch: Ed's open insight into an essay for Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, in which many stars think about their own NHS experiences
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