Star Ed’s video for brave Lizzy

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Poppy Jef­fery pj­ef­fery@thek­m­group.co.uk @pj­ef­fer­yKM

Ed Sheeran is the lat­est celebrity to sur­prise a teenager bat­tling a brain tu­mour.

The singer con­tacted 13-yearold Lizzy Adams at the week­end after hear­ing about her from his pal and fel­low mu­si­cian John New­man.

Fam­ily and friends are des­per­ately try­ing to raise £120,000 to fund po­ten­tially life-sav­ing treat­ment not cur­rently avail­able on the NHS. They have so far raised more than £40,000.

Lizzy, from Conyer, was di­ag­nosed with dif­fuse in­trin­sic pon­tine glioma – a tu­mour in the brain stem – in March.

New­man, who had a num­ber one hit with Love Me Again, got in­volved last month by tweet­ing a link to the Ken­tOn­line ar­ti­cle about her plight. He has some­thing in com­mon with Lizzy, hav­ing bat­tled with two brain tu­mours him­self.

On Satur­day, he tweeted Kath Adams, Lizzy’s mum, a video say­ing he had asked a friend for a favour. It shows Ed Sheeran wish­ing Lizzy the best.

The Shape of You star said: “Hey Lizzy, Ed’s here. Just thought I’d send you a video to send you all the love in the world.

“Hope ev­ery­thing’s OK. Keep strong. Lots of love.”

Kath, a mum-of-six, ex­pressed her grat­i­tude on Twit­ter: “Thank you so much John New­man I re­ally don’t know how to thank you for mak­ing Lizzy’s day you are a truly amaz­ing man. Ed, your mu­sic was what got Lizzy though her ra­dio­ther­apy ev­ery day. She idolises you and her big­gest wish is to some day meet you.”

The treat­ment the fam­ily wants in­volves de­liv­er­ing drugs to the growth us­ing fine catheters into her brain, which could ex­tend her life past the six months to two years she has been given left to live.

For more in­for­ma­tion about her ap­peal or to do­nate, visit face­book.com/eliz­a­beths brain­tu­mor­jour­ney

Pic­ture: PA Photo/Stu­dio Canal

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