One Direction Fans Honor Louis Tomlinson's 'Fly High Buddy'

Louis Tomlinson is a massive supporter of children's charities. One Direction star Louis is generous with both his time and his cash and has used the Tomlinson name to raise awareness of charitable causes in the past. Of course, Louis prefers to keep his giving a private matter, but he has been a huge inspiration to many One Direction fans. Tomlinson and his bandmates have inspired One Direction fans to run numerous charitable drives in support of causes that are close to the hearts of their favorite band.

One Direction fan groups have run numerous charity drives in celebration of Tomlinson or another band member's birthday. In recent months, those charity drives have begun to take a slightly different direction to ensure that charitable fundraising becomes a year round activity. Fan group One Direction NDA (No Drama Allowed) recently ran a campaign in honor of Tomlinson's mother, Johannah Deakin, who is herself a huge supporter of children's charities.

The award-winning fan group was established to provide One Direction fans with a safe space on the internet where they could discuss Louis, his bandmates, and One Direction's music free from cyber-bullying and abuse. That initiative was so successful that One Direction NDA were honored, alongside actor Tom Hanks, with an Extra Smile Award.

Back in January of this year The Inquisitr exclusively revealed the heartbreaking story of Louis Tomlinson's "Fly High Buddy." Louis' "buddy" was little Harvey Hext, who was just nine years old when he joined the angels as a result of childhood neuroblastoma. Harvey's mother Sarah Hext told us how Louis and his family had supported her family through the most difficult of times and how they had given her precious memories of Harvey.
"Louis and Jay have given us precious memories with Harvey and all of our children and that is priceless, we have so many beautiful photos of Harvey to look back on in some amazing places!

"People don't know the real Louis, Jay has told me that when Louis suffers a bad press day he says to her 'come on mum, let's make someone happy today.' That's the kind of man Louis is. Louis Tomlinson is very grounded, he is family orientated and both Louis and Jay hold a very special place in my family's hearts."

Little Harvey's story touched the hearts of many of Louis' fans and as a result One Direction NDA have launched an appeal in honor of what would have been Harvey's tenth birthday on July 30. The appeal is raising funds for "Solving Kids' Cancer" a charity that supports the families of children affected by high-risk childhood cancers.
Louis' fans approached Harvey's mom and Sarah gave her blessing to this latest fundraising effort. She even suggested who the beneficiaries should be.

Sarah Hext has launched a charity called "A Siblings Wish" to support children who have lost a sibling by supplying individually personalized "memory boxes." Tomlinson continues to show his support to Sarah and her family. Louis recently helped the fledgling charity by supplying them with much-needed computer equipment. Louis took to Twitter to say that Harvey's family "are doing something amazing."

Of course Tomlinson's charitable efforts do not stop there. Louis is a patron of many children's charities and even manages to combine his love of soccer with fundraising.

The Sun reports that Tomlinson will join a host of celebrities and players to join in the tenth edition of "Soccer Aid," a charity soccer game that raises funds for Unicef. Louis' bandmate Niall Horan is also involved in the match, which is set to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, on June 5. Tomlinson said that he feels excited and privileged to be involved in this year's match.

"I'm really excited to play in this year's Soccer Aid event.

"Unicef as a charity, and its workers, continue to amaze me and helping even in this small way is a privilege."

It is sad that the good works that Louis and his fans do is so under-reported. It seems that even the BBC prefers to report the negative when it comes to Tomlinson's fans. The world would be a much happier place if, instead of trying to dig out scandal, the media reported on the amazing good work done by both Louis Tomlinson and his fans.

[Photo by Sarah Hext]