1D fan power boosts cause

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Devoted fans of home-grown boyband star Louis Tomlinson have launched a global fundraising drive for a South Yorkshire charity.

One Direction fans across the world have already collected more than $1,600 in a matter of days for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

They want to collect $22,222 – around £14,000 – for the cause before their idol Louis, of Doncaster, turns 22 in December, as a special birthday present.

Louis has supported the hospice, which offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, since his rise to stardom.

A statement on the fans’ fundraising page 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.

“In honour of his 22nd birthday, we are collecting donations for Bluebell Wood.”

Louis was signed to Doncaster Rovers with the aim of playing a reserve match to raise cash for Bluebell Wood.

Injury scuppered his appearance in the game last month, causing him to pull out, but fans still showed up to support the hospice.

Louis is expected to play in another game next year.

Claire Rintoul, chief executive at Bluebell Wood hospice, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have the incredible support of Louis and his dedicated fans from around the globe.

“As a local charity worldwide support and awareness is something we are so grateful for and we’d like to thank Louis and every one of his fans for getting behind us and celebrating his birthday in this special way which will enable us to support more local children with a shortened life expectancy.”

n Log on to www.justgiving.com/louisbirthday to make a donation.