Boy Ed Sheeran rescued on Comic Relief thanks the star

Sam Warner
Photo credit: Comic Relief

From Digital Spy

During last week's Comic Relief, we saw Ed Sheeran reduced to tears as he heard the plight of poverty-stricken young children in Liberia.

While he was visiting the country, he met a number of orphaned children sleeping rough on a beach.

Among them was JD, who was sleeping in a canoe with "no pillow or duvet", spurring Ed on to secure a safe future for the young boy.

Well, it seems that JD's life has been dramatically transformed since, with the youngster now living with a "mother" and four of his closest friends.

"It feels nice to know that people who don't know me still care about me. I feel happy about that," JD told MailOnline.

According to the paper, the youngster – who was orphaned after his mother and grandfather died, and was abandoned by his father - is now safe thanks to charity Street Child and Ed's plea, sharing a home with four other street kids and a caregiver.

"I used to sleep in canoes on the beach with my friends. Now I feel much better because I stay with Ma and she takes care of us," he added, a reference to his caregiver.

"She always comes looking for us to make sure we are ok. She really cares about me. I didn't have that before. I feel good to stay with Ma. She is kind to us and cares for us. She makes me feel happy to stay with her. I am not afraid with her."

Photo credit: Comic Relief

JD also said he was excited to be going to school soon, adding: "I want to be President, so I have to learn and study well.

"When I am President I can help all the other street children with food, shelter and school. I want to see all children in school uniforms."

He thanked the charity and Ed, explaining: "If I had not met Street Child and Ed, I would still be on the streets and sleeping in canoes on the beach. I wouldn't have anyone to care for me. The beach at night can be a dangerous place."

This year's Red Nose Day raised a massive £73 million over a weekend for Comic Relief, but you can still donate now by visiting bbc.co.uk/rednoseday, or phone 03457 910910.

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