Doncaster born singer Louis Tomlinson is a fifth of what is perhaps the hottest boy band on the planet - but has not forgotten his South Yorkshire roots.
Staff at Bluebell Wood children's hospice, based in the town, are excited to announce that the One Direction star has been named a patron of the charity.
– Louis Tomlinson
“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 with raising funds.”
And apparently the impact of Louis’ support is already beginning to show. Since tweeting about his alliance with Bluebell Wood the number of followers on their Twitter site has gone through the roof.
Louis, and his One Direction band mates, first visited the hospice last year whilst taking part in the X-Factor tour. He was so touched by the children he met he is now using his fame to help out.
Louis is not the only chart topper to support the hospice. Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran, from Halifax, is also a patron.
That hospice cares for children with a shortened life expectancy.
- Each year Bluebell Wood needs to raise over £3 million to deliver services and they receive no statutory Government funding.
- Currently the Bluebell Wood care team provide support to over 150 children and their families in South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
- The hospice offers 24 hour care to children on a one to one basis. It also allows families to stay with them to have a break, often the first one they may have had in years.
– Sarah Champion, Chief Executive
We’re absolutely thrilled that Louis has agreed to become one of our patrons and it’s fabulous to see him supporting a local charity. It costs £3 million per year to offer our service and we currently receive no statutory government funding."