Ed Sheeran invites terminally ill boy backstage
Music star Ed Sheeran made a terminally ill boy’s dreams come true, by inviting him and his family to join him backstage at one of his gigs.
Six-year-old Ollie Carroll suffers with Batten Disease, a rare degenerative condition.
He has lost his sight and the ability to stand and speak and tragically doctors have warned that he is unlikely to survive past the age of 12.
Ed Sheeran is Ollie’s hero so when the family heard he was playing in Manchester they put out an appeal in the hope of getting his attention.
Sheeran did hear about Ollie’s story and invited the youngster and his family to join him backstage at his concert.
Ollie’s mother spoke to the Manchester Evening News. She said: “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.
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“As soon as Ed walked into the room and spoke Ollie’s eyes 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.
“Last night, Ollie met his star, the man that taught him the power and love of music. As parents, we cannot thank Ed enough. Our dying boy wished to meet his hero, and that wish was granted.”
As well as welcoming Ollie and his family backstage, Sheeran also wore a red band in honour of Ollie’s Army on stage.
Ollie’s Army is a campaign which aims to spread awareness of Batten Disease and raises funds for equipment and research.
Her is the post written by Ollie’s mother thanking Ed Sheeran.