Ed Sheeran backs schoolgirl's charity single

Tuesday February 17, 2015

He is one of the biggest names in music with a legion of loyal fans - and this week Ed Sheeran used his star power to help support a charity single recorded by a Kent schoolgirl.

Ed has given his backing to Soldier, Solider, a track that features the vocals of 14-year-old Rachel Ward, a pupil at the Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover.

Rachel, a huge Ed Sheeran fan, recently met the pop star at a concert at the O2, and told him about the song, which commemorates those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Ed has now featured the song on his website for his millions of supporters to enjoy, urging them to download the single, which is raising money for Care for Casualties – the Rifles Charity, and ABF, The Soldier's Charity.

Rachel, whose father is a serving member of the British Army, said, "While it was amazing to meet Ed Sheeran and record Soldier, Soldier, it's important to remember those who gave their lives, and their families left without a husband, father or son."

Solider, Solider was penned by Canterbury songwriter Vida Ivatt, who sent it to the Duke of York's musical department in the hope they would play it.

"This is a brilliant opportunity to raise funds for two worthy military charities," the school's director of military music, Major David Cresswell, said.

"We're also hoping to get the song published into sheet music, so that other schools around the nation can enjoy the song themselves."

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