Chart topper sang songs for Abigail after flying in for visit

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CHART-TOPPING singer Ed Sheeran made a brave schoolgirl’s dying wish come true when he sang at her bedside.

The star broke off from his busy schedule to make a secret visit to see 14-year-old cancer patient Abigail Fleming in a hospice.

Abigail died on April 3, but yesterday her parents revealed how Sheeran turned up after being told of the youngster’s terminal cancer.

Abigail, from Maltby, Rotherham, wanted to hold an early 16th birthday party after being told she had only months to live.

She put together a wish list which included seeing the Halifax-born singer songwriter perform - although she never believed it would happen because she was unable to travel.

But the 21-year-old star flew from France and visited Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice at North Anston, Sheffield, where Abigail was spending her final days, to sing his hits.

Her mum Maria said: “He was a complete gentleman and she really loved it.

“He didn’t just make her day, it made her life.

“It was his only day off. He flew in from Paris to London and then caught the train to Sheffield.

“Abigail gave him a card and a key ring to say thank you. He gave her a bracelet which somebody had given him for his 18th birthday, which I now wear.”

After reading about Abigail’s wish list in the Yorkshire Post readers sent cheques to help her achieve her dreams.

Family friend Carolyne Straw, who organised a helicopter flight and other experiences using the money, said Abigail had been “very grateful”.