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Ed Sheeran makes teenager with brain tumour’s bucket list dreams come true

Ed Sheeran helped a teenager with an inoperable brain tumour tick off one of the things on her bucket list, after she got to see the Perfect star perform and even got to meet him backstage too.

Sian Reeds had dreamt of seeing the singer in concert as part of her bucket list after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, which is inoperable due to the location, but initially wasn’t sure if she would be able to go to the concert as doctors thought she might be too unwell.

She made the trip to Leeds to see Ed earlier this month for her 16th birthday, and the singer came to meet her backstage before the show, even wearing a wristband she had given him throughout the gig.

Sian, who was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) after attending a routine eye appointment last year and set herself a ‘bucket list’ of things she wanted to achieve.

The teenager created her own ‘smile’ bracelets in order to raise money for brain tumour charity The Indee Rose Trust and was overwhelmed when Ed wore the one she had given him to perform in front of 150,000 fans at Roundhay Park during his Divide tour.

Sian has raised over £9,000 so far by selling 6000 of the bracelets, as well as ticking off some more amazing goals from her list.

Her meeting with Ed, 28, who is taking 18 months off performing following a mammoth two years on tour, came about after her sister messaged his manager on Instagram and arranged for her to go backstage, where she and the singer took selfies and chatted together.


Sian’s dad, Matthew, said: ‘It was surreal, and brilliant for Sian. We were on Ed’s VIP guestlist and were backstage with his manager when Ed suddenly popped in out of nowhere.

‘Ed gave my wife and I a cuddle and then had a chat with Sian about music and took selfies with her.

‘He was very humble, and asked about her bracelet and then wore it for the whole show – he didn’t have to do that. It made Sian tear up. She can’t stop talking about it.’

If there was ever a nicer pop star than Ed, we’re yet to meet them.

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