Music stars unite to End The Silence

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran: will be sharing his precious childhood songs and memories for the campaign

Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Paul Weller are among songwriters sharing their musical memories online, for children suffering in orphanages

Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Paul Weller are among a host of world-renowned musicians to join Sir Elton John in making exclusive videos on YouTube, where they share their most precious childhood songs and memories for the ‘End The Silence’ campaign.

The interactive music memory time capsule has been built by the UK-based charity Hope and Homes for Children. It allows people to pick their most precious childhood song, and then share it on social media with a memory.

The End the Silence campaign aims to create the world’s largest online musical memory time capsule before Christmas, while raising £1.5 million in donations. This will help Hope and Homes for Children find families for 120,000 children suffering silence and neglect in Ugandan and Rwandan orphanages.

“When a baby in an orphanage cries and nobody comes to comfort them, they learn not to cry,” explains Hope and Homes for Children’s Mark Waddington. “Deprived of love, life, and hope, these children grow up in silence … By joining the world’s top musicians in sharing your most precious childhood musical memory, you can help us to end the silence.”

Forthcoming films in the End The Silence campaign will feature Damon Albarn, Bastille’s Dan Smith, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, Rudimental’s Amir Amor, Hozier, and Anne-Marie.

Every pound donated to the End the Silence campaign before 27 December will be doubled by the UK Government as part of its UK Aid Match scheme. To ensure no child suffers silently in an orphanage, share your most precious childhood musical memory at

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