Ed Sheeran is helping the parents of a terminally ill girl raise £50,000 towards their legal battle to get their daughter pain relief. Sheeran first met 11 year old Melody when he agreed to visit her in hospital in 2016, but now the singer has donated a signed guitar to her parents.Melody suffers from an incurable disease called Rett Syndrome, which affects brain development.

The disease means Melody is unable to walk or talk, but now the parents have claimed the hospital will be withdrawing her pain relief.Last October, Melody’s parents Karina and Nigel Driscoll were told by staff at London’s King’s College Hospital that morphine and steroids could be damaging to Melody’s liver and they were hoping to wean their daughter off the medication.The guitar donated by Sheeran to help fund the family’s legal battle