Louis Tomlinson Has a Heart of Gold
Louis Tomlinson has a long history of supporting charities. Below are just a few of the charities Louis has supported over the years. Despite being the patron of many charities, he is discreet about his personal involvement. Outraged after reading bad press about Louis, the mom of one of the children he supported spoke out about Louis' philanthropy telling of how when he has a bad press day, his motto is, "...let's make someone happy today." The mom continued, "That’s the kind of man Louis is."
This video was made to support a fan fundraising drive in honor of Louis' 24th birthday. Four years later, fans are still going strong, raising almost $150,000 for charity in Louis' honor. To donate to the current fundraising drive, click here.
Louis Tomlinson, along with several X Factor contestants met with people helped by the Daniel Barnett Arts Foundation (DBAF). The Daniel Barnett Arts Foundation aims to “raise money in order to inspire individuals to be creative by providing workshops, fundraising events, and support to people who may need help due to an illness or challenge in their life.” The charity was founded by Diane Barnett after her son Daniel was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma at the age of 14. Even while battling chemotherapy, Daniel set tasks for himself (passing his GCSEs and receiving an A in his art qualification) and continued performing creative activities like his art and playing the saxophone. From their website: “Since 2015 we have been working in partnership with the Cancer Trust Hospitals across Yorkshire to deliver art workshops to young people and their families who have been affected by cancer. Our aim is for these workshops to give focus and purpose to each individual taking part and allow them to freely express themselves in a fun, safe environment.” You can read more about the charity here.
It was absolutely amazing experience! My daughter @jenniifromtheb1 was absolutely over the moon meeting her idol @Louis_Tomlinson we were completely star struck and lost for words! He was so friendly and made us feel so welcomed 😊❤️ pic.twitter.com/J9Zln3nHWC— Angela Suphanit (@AngelaSuphanit) November 21, 2018
Louis has been an ambassador of the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards since 2014. Said Louis of the awards, “Children & Yorkshire! Two things close to my heart. It was a very easy yes when I was kindly asked to be an ambassador for the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards. What these children achieve really is extraordinary, and I look forward to celebrating their bravery, generosity, selflessness and courage.”
The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards provides a place to honor, celebrate, and support children excelling in the face of their difficulties. You can learn more about how to get involved here.
At his recent BBC Radio 2 interview, Louis commented that young diabetes patient Poppy Floyd-Williams was a “legend”, and that her fundraising work for Diabetes.co.uk was “amazing”. Fans can donate to Poppy’s cause here, and find out more information Diabetes.co.uk, the world’s largest diabetes community, here.
In a photo posted to Twitter by the @NHSMillion account, Louis is seen supporting the National Health Service's NHS Voices campaign. A charity single featuring numerous artists was released on July 6th. Money raised from the downloads will go to support NHS Charities.
Louis Tomlinson recently supported a group dedicated to aiding children on the autism spectrum. He conversed with The Ross Owen Show over Twitter, enthusiastically agreeing to sign a shirt from the Scottish football club, Airdrieonians FC.
The shirt will be auctioned off, and the proceeds will go to Shining Stars Theatre School, a theatre school for children and adults with additional support needs. The funds raised from the auction will be used to purchase Christmas presents for the children, in addition to necessary equipment for the school.
Louis Tomlinson once again showed how big his heart is by donating $10,000 to a fundraiser for Rylee Sanford, a child with Bilateral Close-lipped Schizencephaly. Schizencephaly is a very rare brain malformation where the brain has 2 clefts on it.
Rylee is in need of home modifications to make it easier for her to get around, as well as stem cell treatments. You can read more about Rylee's story and/or donate here.
the walker we ordered in february finally came in! LOOK AT HER! Rylee is so excited, and also thinks it’s super cool that both her and louis opened a new, exciting chapter in their lives! as always thank you to the fans, & especially @Louis_Tomlinson for making this possible <33 pic.twitter.com/ND33Ij79gL— mk sees taylor in 24 days!! (@makayleysanford) July 18, 2018
During the holiday season of 2017, Louis supported Bluebell Woods by purchasing the entirety of their Amazon wishlist to give as Christmas gifts for their families. Through this generous act of kindness, Bluebell Woods now has "a fantastic supply of arts, crafts, books, sensory toys and games for our children and young adults to enjoy with their families whenever they are here."
Says Bluebell Woods: "We’d like to say a big thank you to Louis and every other person who has made a purchase. It’s helping to make a huge difference to our families.”
Louis has been an active patron of The Eden Dora Trust for nearly three years. The Eden Dora Trust is a charity that raises funds to provide training for adults working with children affected by Encephalitis and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), to fund research into Childhood Encephalitis, and help families and carers. Louis' fans have adopted Eden Dora Trust as their annual charity to support in honor of Louis' birthday and have currently raised more than $87,000 over the past four years, with a goal of raising more than $100,000 total by Louis' upcoming 27th birthday. To donate, click here.
Louis is a patron of Stacey's Smiles, a charity that supports families affected by the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Stacey's Smiles aims to help patients and their families cope with their illness by granting wishes, organizing parties, and creating special memories together.
Louis is a supporter of The Harvey Hext Trust - A Siblings Wish, which provides unique, bespoke and personalized memory boxes to help preserve memories of a lost sibling. The boxes can be important part of therapy to encourage children to show emotions and to talk about their bereavement. Harvey's mom spoke out about Louis' "heart of gold" and how grateful she was for his support.
Louis signed a top for AFA Charity F.C to benefit the AFA charity - Awareness For Autism.
GuitarTown Kids - a celebrity art guitar auction event - has kicked off on CharityBuzz.com to raise funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Louis Tomlinson joined Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Robbie Williams, and 45 other musicians to record a charity single of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" to raise money for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, in which 72 people perished and hundreds were displaced. More than fifty artists contributed to the single, which was released under the title Artists for Grenfell on 21 June 2017. It sold 120,000 copies in its first day and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 23 June 2017. The choir included residents from Grenfell Tower.
The 2016 line-ups saw England's One Direction star Louis Tomlinson matched against bandmate Niall Horan, who was billed as assistant manager for the RoW, alongside Leicester City's Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri. The match features celebrities and former football stars and raises money for UNICEF aid, which provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
Louis is a patron of Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice, which serves children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy. The hospice offers 24 hour care to children and allows the families who stay there to have a break and create memories together with their children.
Louis Tomlinson hosted the Believe in Magic Cinderella Ball in August 2015, where terminally ill children were treated like princes and princesses, reportedly donating a staggering £2,000,000 to the effort. The ball benefited Believe In Magic, a charity that aims to bring happiness into the lives of other seriously and terminally ill children. Liam Payne also attended the event and the two raised over £5,000,000 thanks to ticket sales and auctions held on the night, including items put up for auction by fellow band mates Niall Horan and Harry Styles.
One mother spoke of Louis' continued support for the Believe in Magic children, including her son, Harvey: “Disney was Harvey’s favourite place.There were about 10 Believe in Magic family’s who went and the kids were given a suitcase each full of beautiful clothes, we stayed in The Pink Palace hotel which is just stunning, everything was taken care of. Louis’ PA called to tell us all the arrangements and Louis sent a car to take us to the show. We went backstage to meet Louis and the rest of the boys. Louis even arranged for us to have the “green room” if it all got too much for the boys. It didn’t, the boys loved it and Harvey spent the evening singing into his microphone. The day after the One Direction show, Louis even sent a car to take us all to a Believe In Magic party in Hamleys toy store. The whole weekend was ‘just magical’..."