If you are not one of the millions who follow Louis Tomlinson closely, you would be forgiven for thinking that the 24-year-old One Direction star is some sort of demon. For the past 12 months, Tomlinson has been subjected to a seemingly never-ending tirade of negative stories. Tomlinson has been painted as a womanizer, a drunk, and a deadbeat dad. Sadly, the press seems to mostly ignore the huge amount of good work that Louis does for charity. Admittedly, Tomlinson prefers to keep his charitable work under the radar, but it seems strange that Louis' management and PR teams do little to counter the stream of negativity that surrounds Tomlinson.
Tomlinson clearly has a soft spot for charities, especially those charities that support sick children. Louis is an ambassador for a range of charities and should be commended for his tireless work on their behalf.Last year the Mirror reported on how Louis and bandmate Liam Payne hosted a "Cinderella Ball" supporting children's charity Believe In Magic. Tomlinson reportedly donated $3 million of his own money to the charity, and the event raised a staggering $7.5 million. Louis is a patron of the charity that aims to make a dream come true for children suffering from serious and terminal illnesses.
Regular readers will recall that Sarah Hext exclusively told the Inquisitr about the massively positive effect that Louis and his mother Johannah Deakin had on the lives of her family.
"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!The real story is that Tomlinson's kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity makes a huge difference to people's lives. Since losing her son Harvey to childhood cancer neuroblastoma Sarah Hext has launched A Siblings Wish, a charity dedicated to providing "memory boxes" to children who have lost a sibling and Louis continues to support the Hext family. Tomlinson has provided computer equipment to the fledgling charity and has publicly shown his support. Now Tomlinson has become an ambassador for the Yorkshire Children Of Courage Awards. The charity recognizes good work by children and raises cash for deserving causes in the area that Tomlinson grew up in. In a statement on the charity's website, Tomlinson revealed why he had agreed to become an ambassador.
"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."
"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 positive impact that stars like Tomlinson can have on a small charity's success should not be underestimated. Fans of Louis and One Direction are a generous lot and are always looking for ways to support the charities favored by Louis and his bandmates.Award winning fan group One Direction NDA [No Drama Allowed] were so touched by little Harvey Hext's story that they have instigated a crowd funding campaign to support Solving Kids Cancer, a charity suggested by Harvey's mom. It is all too easy to be cynical when we are faced by a barrage of negativity about a pop star.
Tomlinson is without question a very wealthy young man who lives a very privileged lifestyle, but Louis shows us time and again that he remains grounded and that he cares about those less fortunate than himself. The next time you read a story that shows Louis in a bad light, just remember that this is a young man with a heart of gold who gladly uses his wealth and his fame to care for others.
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