Is Liam Payne behind £3,000 donation to Wolverhampton's The Way Youth Zone?
Super-fans of Liam Payne across the globe who have raised for a Wolverhampton youth centre to mark the star's 24th birthday seem to have prompted the man himself to make a £3,000 donation.
Liam, who hails from Wednesfield and has recently gone solo after his hugely successful stint in boy band One Direction, visited The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone for the topping out ceremony when the £6 million centre was being built in School Street, Wolverhampton.
Over the past two years One Direction fans, who are known for their ferocious support of the disbanded four piece, have raised over over $8,600 for The Way and to mark Liam's latest birthday they pledged to raise more for their idol.
The group behind the charitable scheme is called 1D Fans Give, a group of One Direction fans who joined together to raise money for various causes.
Started in 2013, 1D Fans Give has raised over $220,000 for charities like Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Believe in Magic, The British Asian Trust, London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland.
On Friday, a £3,000 donation was made to The Way's JustGiving page by someone in the name of Liam Payne.
A message that went along with the donation read: "When I first heard about this I was blown away that you would do such an amazing thing for my birthday.
"You are incredible.
"I want to help you reach your goal, so here is my contribution."
In October 2016, Layne Faire and Sheena Peel from the group 1D Fans Give visited the The Way to see how the money raised would be spent.
Layne Faire, representative of 1D Fans Give charity team for Liam, said: “It was wonderful to visit The Way and see how the 1D fandom have helped support the charity.
"It’s an incredible place for young people.”
Carla Priddon, CEO of The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone said: “We want to thank everyone who has donated to The Way Youth Zone from all over the world.
"You’re giving young people from Wolverhampton somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.”
The Way is open 7 days a week for young people aged between 8-19 years old or up to 25 with a disability.