One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has shown his charitable heart once again. The 24-year-old singer, who is currently on hiatus along with his band-mates, has donated a large amount of money to help an injured young British couple return home from Vietnam.
According to Digital Spy, Tomlinson gave a “sizeable donation” to the couple, who were involved in a traffic accident on Valentine’s Day, while on a back-packing holiday.
“Rhys Sykes and Sarah Liddle were involved in a reported motorbike collision on Valentine’s Day, leaving Liddle with a broken leg and initially unable to return home to the UK. She required urgent medical treatment, and the pair appealed to the public to help raise funds to cover their costs back to Britain.”
As always with Louis Tomlinson, his legions of fans on Twitter were quick to celebrate their hero’s good deed.
Once again @Louis_Tomlinson you show us the amazing man you are ????— nvanmeter (@nvanmeter) March 9, 2016
I love Louis Tomlinson he is an angel with a heart of gold and I wish he was recognized for who he really is ❤— L(arry)iz ⚓ 115 Days (@Dont_Stop_Larry) March 9, 2016
Sarah suffered three breaks to her leg, while Rhys had broken his foot and some fingers, reports The Mirror. Sykes and Liddle set up a crowdfunding appeal to fund their return to the UK for medical treatment. After they had raised approximately £4,500 of the £15,000 (over $21,000) needed, the appeal caught the eye of Tomlinson, perhaps because Louis also hails from Doncaster, the same South Yorkshire town as the couple. It is nice to know that even though Tomlinson has spent most of 2016 in Los Angeles, his heart is still in Yorkshire.
Rhys, 24, described how he and Sarah, 23, were hurt.
“We were travelling on a moped down a country road when we saw a coach coming the other way. We moved over to give room as the road was narrow but all of a sudden another moped came speeding out from behind the coach and hit us head on at speed.”
Sarah’s aunt, Julie Liddle, told The Mirror that Louis Tomlinson’s mother, Johanna Deakin, contacted the family, saying that Louis was “upset to hear about what had happened” and was keen to help. Sarah and Rhys are both still undergoing treatment at home in the UK.
“He [Louis] gave a very sizeable donation to the fund and we would like to say a very big thank you to Louis and his family for being so kind.”
Followers of Tomlinson will know that this is far from the first time that Louis has stepped in to help those in need. Louis, together with Deakin, seems to have a distinct fondness for charities involving children. As reported by TheInquisitr, Louis donated an incredible £2 million – about $2.8 million – to children’s charity Believe In Magic in August 2015. This tremendously generous amount was in addition to organizing a ball in London for the charity, as well as giving toys and presents to all the children attending.
Louis particularly helped a little boy suffering from cancer, Harvey Hext. In an interview given to The Inquisitr, Harvey’s mother Sarah explained how much Louis and Johanna helped her son through the last years of his life. This included sending the family to Disneyland Paris, as well as Believe In Magic parties at London Zoo and Hamley’s Toy Store.
“When it became clear that Harvey didn’t have long left Jay came to visit us at home with Louis’ sisters Daisy and Phoebe. The girls played with Harvey and Spencer all day and Louis sent Olivia a beautiful Pandora bracelet along with a huge stack of toys for the boys.”
Louis Tomlinson, like any celebrity nowadays, has his fair share of bad publicity. However, Louis’ generous behavior, especially toward children in need, by far overshadows all of the negativity written about him. Louis Tomlinson’s millions of fans definitely seem to be in the right place.
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