It has been an incredibly tough week for Louis Tomlinson and his six younger brothers and sisters, with the family losing matriarch Johannah Deakin in the early hours of Wednesday morning following a short and private battle with leukaemia.
However, the One Direction fandom have hopefully given the family something to smile about in their darkest days, raising over $25,000 for charity in Johannah’s honour.
Every year, the fandom raise money for a charity close to each member’s heart in honour of their birthday, with Louis being a proud patron of the Eden Dora Trust.
The drive initially started in honour of Louis’ upcoming 25th birthday, which is on Christmas Eve, but following the news of Johannah’s passing the creators posted a message to say that they have dedicated this year’s drive to her memory.
They wrote: “We are so saddened to hear about Jay’s passing. We’d like to dedicate our drive this year in her memory. She was always such a big supporter of charities and I hope she knew how much she inspired others.”
Before adding: “C’mon, mum let’s make someone happy today” – something which Johannah had previously revealed Louis said to her during their many charitable ventures together.
Since then, over 900 people have donated a whopping $25,879 (£20,580.54) to Eden Dora Trust – surpassing the drives $10,000 target in a seriously big way.
Leaving messages to pay their respects, donors wrote: “In honour of Jay, who I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing personally but was seen as a loving, kind woman. Sending my love to her family.”
“Jay is very beautiful lady and was taken too soon by a horrible disease that we need to find a cure for.”
“In memory of Jay & her generous, loving spirit. I admired her strength & unending love & support for her kids. My condolences to Louis & the Tomlinson-Deakin family. All my love.”
Louis bravely took to the X Factor stage last night to give an emotional performance of his debut solo single, just three days after his mother’s death.
It is understood that Louis was always due to perform during the X Factor final and Johannah had been looking forward to watching it; following her tragic passing, Louis made the difficult decision to go ahead with his performance as planned in a bid to fulfil his mother’s final wish.