A campaign to raise money for a British youth club by selling T-shirts bearing a famous image of rock band The Smiths standing outside the venue has raised more than $25,500 (£16,000).

The cult 1980s group posed outside Salford Lads Club in their native Manchester, England for an image on the sleeve of their landmark 1986 album The Queen Is Dead.

The snap went on to become one of the most iconic images of '80s rock, and bosses of the youth facility recently launched a fundraising drive by selling T-shirts printed with the shot.

More than 1,000 have been sold so far, and the campaign has even received the backing of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who was handed one of the garments during a visit to Manchester last week (ends11Jan15).

Cameron, who revealed his love for The Smiths in 2010, quoted the band's lyrics as he told the Manchester Evening News, "You have made my day. Thank you very much, there is a light that never goes out."

Photographer Stephen Wright, who snapped the image, has waived his copyright for the fundraiser, and money from the sale of the clothing will be used to help six youngsters from the club to go to the U.S. as part of an exchange programme.