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‘Bradley was an inspiration’: Fundraising in memory of heroic Bradley Lowery

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Back in 2017, Bradley Lowery had the nation’s support behind him during his battle with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer.

Capturing hearts with his cheeky smile, his sad loss devastated many.

Setting up a campaign in his name, Bradley’s parents mark the anniversary of his passing with their fundraising campaign.

“Cancer has no Colours is about bringing everyone, from all walks of life together to remember Brad and raise vital cash to help those families in need”, says Bradley’s mum, Gemma Lowery.

The campaign, inspired by Bradley’s love of football, encourages businesses and schools to allow staff and students to wear their club’s shirt or colours for one day, in exchange of donating £1 to the Bradley Lowery Foundation (BLF).

“Bradley was an inspiration to many football fans, he loved football and he truly proved that cancer has no colours, bringing fans from all clubs together.

‘’When Bradley was mascot for Everton, his dad, Carl, came up with the slogan Cancer has no Colours because cancer does not discriminate on age, gender or race.

“It affects everyone”, Gemma added.

Bradley and Gemma

This year the campaign will run from Sunday July 5 to Sunday July 12, and this year the charity is encouraging families to take part from home.

Bradley’s mum Gemma, CEO of the BLF, has turned the tragic passing of her son into a chance of hope for other children living with life limiting illnesses.

Tuesday July 7 will mark three years since Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, lost his battle, but the charity is committed to helping other poorly children across the UK in his memory.

Since the charity was founded in August 2017, it has raised millions of pounds for sick children as well as establishing a dedicated support line for families of children with cancer in the north east.

The BLF has campaigned for new drugs to be introduced to the UK, donated £100ks to research childhood cancers and it now has plans to build a £600,000 holiday home in Scarborough for poorly children and their families, called Super Brad’s Pad.

“The last few months have been difficult for everyone and the charity sector has been hit hard by the lockdown.

“But the children we support still need support to get potentially life changing treatment they need”, Gemma added.

Back in 2013, Gemma started a fundraising campaign to raise funds for Bradley to get treatment in America, not available in the UK.

Bradley Lowery with his mother Gemma

Bradley Lowery with his mother Gemma

The successful campaign raised £1.3m with the support of thousands of individuals which provided the funding base for the charity, as well as raising awareness of neuroblastoma and childhood cancer in general.

With Covid-19 causing disruption to charity fundraising, Gemma is hopeful that those spending more time at home will be able to help this year.

‘’With a lot of people still isolating at home, it’s a brilliant opportunity for families to get involved with the campaign too”, added Gemma.

Every pound will make a difference to helping sick children, with cancer and other illnesses and conditions.

More information about taking part here.

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