PICTURE GALLERY: Charity funds go in ‘One Direction’

PATRON Louis Tomlinson turned out for a football match raising thousands of pounds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The One Direction star led the opposition XI at Sunday’s (19) testimonial for Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger, whose team won 7-4.

Both Louis and James took part in a meet and greet session with Bluebell Wood families before kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium.

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Louis said: “I really enjoyed meeting the children and families again and am grateful to all the Doncaster Rovers and One Direction fans who came to cheer us on.

“There was an amazing atmosphere. Playing in the match was even more inspiring knowing the hospice will receive funds from the ticket price.

“It’s great knowing that so many people can support Bluebell Wood in this way and help to raise vital funds.”

James — who has played 401 times for Rovers — visited the North Anston hospice earlier this month and presented youngster Kian Critchley with a pair of signed boots.

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Kian’s dad Tony said: “Kian’s three passions in life are Bluebell Wood, Doncaster Rovers and his family. It was incredible combining all three, an amazing day.”

Naomi Cheshire, whose sister Toni visits Bluebell Wood, said: “It has been a lovely day, brilliant to bring everyone together and do something so special.”

Bluebell Wood head of fundraising Helen Mower said: “As well as raising vital funds , this support helps to raise awareness of our work.

“Every penny raised makes a huge positive difference and I’d like to thank Louis and James for their tremendous support.”