Thumbs up to raise funds for Bradley

PLAY­ERS AND FANS HAVE ALL JOINED THE CAM­PAIGN

Sunday Sun - - News - By Michael Muncaster

FOOT­BALLERS and celebri­ties have taken so­cial me­dia by storm by recre­at­ing lit­tle Bradley Low­ery’s trade­mark dou­ble thumbs up pose.

The six-year-old Sun­der­land AFC fan trag­i­cally lost his bat­tle against neu­rob­las­toma in July.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed at just 18 months old, he went on to cap­ture the hearts of the na­tion by bravely smil­ing through his gru­elling fight against the dis­ease.

Bradley, from Blackhall Col­liery, County Durham, was of­ten pic­tured mak­ing the big thumbs up ges­ture while wear­ing his Black Cats shirt.

Now, sports stars and fans have been shar­ing pho­to­graphs on so­cial me­dia of them recre­at­ing the trade­mark pose us­ing the hash­tag #ForBradley.

It is in sup­port of a cam­paign by the Bradley Low­ery Foun­da­tion and Sun­der­land AFC to raise money for a hol­i­day home, named Bradley’s place.

It will give chil­dren bat­tling life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses and their fam­i­lies a place to go to cre­ate some last­ing mem­o­ries.

Among those to share pic­tures on­line was for­mer Sun­der­land striker and Bradley’s best friend, Jer­main De­foe.

The England star struck up a close bond with the six-year-old and of­ten vis­ited him in hos­pi­tal during his fight against the dis­ease.

Ever­ton play­ers Leighton Baines, Yan­nick Bo­lasie, Ma­son Hol­gate and Ou­mar Ni­asse also backed the cam­paign, mak­ing the ges­ture Bradley of­ten made at Good­i­son Park. And for­mer Black Cats de­fender An­ton Fer­di­nand, New­cas­tle United legend Alan Shearer and play­ers from Celtic and Carlisle United shared pic­tures on­line.

Foot­ball fans trav­el­ling to matches up and down the coun­try also posted pho­to­graphs in sup­port of the cause. Speak­ing about the cam­paign, Bradley’s mum, Gemma, said: “One of our favourite mem­o­ries is tak­ing Bradley on hol­i­day to Scar­bor­ough.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled that Sun­der­land AFC suggested that we could cre­ate sim­i­lar mem­o­ries for other fam­i­lies.

“Since Bradley’s sad pass­ing in July we have worked tire­lessly to en­sure a pos­i­tive le­gacy will come from his per­sonal fight, and I’m sure Bradley will be watch­ing over ev­ery­one and be very proud that his le­gacy will now help oth­ers.” New­cas­tle United legend Alan Shearer backs #ForBradley cam­paign Sun­der­land AFC play­ers back the #ForBradley cam­paign

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