Louis Tomlinson is set to become a father next year, and he just proved his fascination for children by hosting a charity ball on Monday evening. The National History Museum in London was adorned with twinkling lights to make attendees feel like they’re royals. The magical affair’s beneficiary is Believe in Magic, a charity founded in 2011 to make terminally ill children feel happy.
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As per OK!, the 23-year-old hit the red carpet with his mother, Johannah Deakin. Louis’ band-mate Liam Payne also attended the Cinderella-themed fundraiser. Even if Harry Styles and Niall Horan didn’t make it to the event, the two crooners donated personal items for the auction. Harry donated one of his favourite shirts while Niall gave up a guitar that he personally designed.
UPDATE || This is the girl that bought Harry's shirt for $15,000 at the ball last night! pic.twitter.com/U3VyTJVdqB
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MTV provided a rundown of the adorable moments that took place at the #BelieveInMagic ball. One of them was Louis Tomlinson’s moment with Eleanor Stollery, a girl whose brain tumour caused her to lose her eyesight. Louis carried the Hampton-based lass and told her how stunning she looked. That night, current X Factor champion Ben Haenow also serenaded Eleanor.
Louis donated an estimated amount of £2 million ($3 million). Furthermore, Louis and Liam assumed the roles of real-life Prince Charmings by spending staggering amounts of cash for seemingly trivial items at the auction, like the party host’s waistcoat and braces.
The closing bid was between Louis and Liam. Sophia Smith’s beau lost the bidding war, which meant he had to get his face painted.
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Louis and his mother gave heartfelt speeches thanking the charity for its inspiring work. The “No Control” crooner also expressed his gratitude to those who participated in the bash.
“Thank you very much to everyone who has made this night happen and thank you to everyone who is supporting the cause.”
The successful ball marks the first event in the U.K. which Louis attended following the news release about his impending fatherhood.
One Directioners who are interested to help Believe in Magic can still visit online fundraising site Prizeo. In the page’s video, Louis encourages people to donate for a chance to meet him and the rest of the band.
“Donate and you can enter to win a trip to London for you, a friend and a guardian to meet me and the guys backstage and come to our concert at the O2 on September 26th. We’ll fly you in from anywhere in the world!”
The page will accept donations until August 17.
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