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Fans of One Direction heart-throb Louis Tomlinson have raised $22,222 – around £13,400 – in honour of the Doncaster lad’s 22nd birthday.
Scores of fans from across the globe made donations in dollars to Bluebell Wood children’s hospice as a gift to the singing sensation, who celebrated his birthday on Christmas Eve.
Fundraiser Amy Kathleen said: “Louis Tomlinson has done so much for fans and for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice so we, the fans, would like to give back – both to Louis and Bluebell Wood.
“We met our goal on December 22 and the donations have continued to come in.
“Thanks so much to everyone who supported the drive with donations, tweets and retweets, translating press releases, making T-shirt designs and all the other things you guys did to make this a success.”
Since shooting to fame as one fifth of the world’s hottest boyband, Louis has continued to support his local children’s hospice and is one of its patrons. Last year he was signed to Doncaster Rovers and appeared in a charity football match in aid of the good cause.
Louis said: “It was really important for me to support a local charity. Bluebell Wood is such a great cause and I’m very proud to be able to help them.”
After hearing about the fans’ fundraising, Louis’ mum tweeted: “Wow this is amazing and in Louis’ words, ‘Mum this would be so wonderful for Bluebell Wood!’ Thank you xxx.”
The hospice supports children with a shortened life expectancy by providing ongoing medical respite care for the child and support for family members.
Fans can continue to make donations by visiting www.justgiving.com/louisbirthday.