Ed Sheeran is one of the most in demand stars on the planet and no doubt has a schedule that would exhaust us just by looking at it, but the kindhearted singer proved that he still has all of the time in the world for his fans.
In fact, Ed was so moved when he heard about a terminally ill fan, six-year-old Ollie Carroll, who is suffering from Batten Disease, that he did everything he could to make Ollie’s wish to meet him come true.
Batten Disease is a rare, degenerative condition that has already stolen Ollie’s speech, sight and ability to walk, with Ollie’s parents, Lucy and Mike, sadly revealing that he is unlikely to live past his 12th birthday.
Back in February, Lucy and Mike launched a video appeal for their son to meet his idol, Ed, as Ollie finds overwhelming comfort in the star’s songs, and Ed was more than happy to oblige when he caught wind of their request.
In fact, the 26-year-old star delighted Ollie when he arranged to meet him, his sister, Amelia, and brothers, Micky and Danny, backstage at Manchester Arena on Monday ahead of his concert, with Lucy explaining to Manchester Evening News: “Ollie, who once knew all the words to Ed’s songs, who used to sing along, can no longer talk.
“Ollie, who used to stand at the television watching Ed’s videos, can no longer stand and see.
“The power of Ed’s voice has pulled Ollie through the hardest and darkest of times.
“As soon as Ed walked into the room and spoke Ollie’s eye lit up and a smile spread across his face.
“This image was priceless. Ed spent time with Ollie and gave him the biggest of cuddles, he had high fives with Amelia who was completely in love and couldn’t stop staring at him.
“Ed is one of the loveliest guys we have ever met, he asked us to explain Batten Disease and Ollie’s Army. He was truly saddened by our journey.
“To us, last night Ollie wasn’t meeting a star, he was meeting ‘his’ star, he was meeting the man that taught him the power and love of music.
“As parents we can not thank Ed, his team and every single person who shared Ollie’s video enough. Our dying boy wished to meet his hero, that wish was granted.”
Ed was so moved by his meeting with Ollie that he later took to the stage wearing a red band promoting Ollie’s Army, a campaign lead by Ollie’s family that hopes to raise money for specialist equipment and research into Batten Disease.
News of Ed’s kind gesture comes after the brother of a 15-year-old girl who tragically passed away in 2014 opened up about her final moments, revealing that Triona Priestly “died with a smile on her face” after Ed called her up to serenade her.