One Direction's Liam Payne fans club together to help The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton
International fans of One Direction star Liam Payne are being urged to support a community centre in Wolverhampton by donating money ahead of his 23rd birthday.
The Wolverhampton-born singer, who recently signed to Capitol records as a solo artist, has become the subject of a new fundraising campaign by his fans, who are donating money towards The Way Youth Zone. The donations are in honour of Payne’s 23rd birthday, with his fans creating a special Just Giving page to show their support.
The youth centre, which is based on School Street has been supported by Payne since its inception, when he attended a special ceremony to celebrate the roof being placed on the building in April last year.
Speaking at the time of the roof being unveiled on the building, Payne said: “Wolverhampton is my home town and I am keen to give something back to the city that gave me a start in life. I can identify with a project like this that addresses the needs of young people and with my own interests in sport, music and drama I am passionate about this exciting project. Over the years, I have been lucky to have positive role models who encouraged, supported and inspired me and all young people deserve to have similar opportunities, which will help them reach their full potential.”
Now, the centre hopes it can encourage Payne’s fans to get involved by giving what they can towards the good cause.
Writing on the JustGiving Page, Payne’s fans stated: “Liam Payne has done so much for fans so we the fans would like to give back. In honor of his 23rd birthday, we are collecting donations for the Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, a purpose-built facility for the city’s young people aged 8-19 (and up to 25 for those with disabilities). You can read all about our latest efforts at 1dfansgive.com”
Cheryl Garvey, CEO of The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone, said: “It’s amazing that this group of Liam Payne and One Direction fans have decided to raise money for The Way Youth Zone. They’ve raised over $1,000 [£588] already between them which is an incredible achievement.”
For more information on the campaign to support The Way, visit