Tat­toos trib­ute to Bradley


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Daniel Prince daniel.prince@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @daniel prince18

The grandad of in­spi­ra­tional Bradley Low­ery has paid trib­ute to the much-missed young­ster by be­ing inked with two stun­ning tat­toos

Howard Stonebank has had an im­age of Bradley tat­tooed onto each of his arms.

Bradley, from Black­hall, died in July at the age of six af­ter a brave bat­tle with neu­rob­las­toma.

The Sun­der­land AFC fan had touched the hearts of the foot­ball­world­be­fore­his­death with a num­ber of ap­pear­ance­sas­mas­cot­fortheBlack­Cats, Ever­ton and Eng­land.

His story crossed foot­ball ri­val­ries, and one of the pic­tures of Bradley tat­tooed onto New­cas­tle United fan Howard de­picts the young­ster in a Sun­der­land shirt.

Theother­pic­tureisBradley in an Eng­land strip on the day he led out the na­tional team with hero Jer­main De­foe.

A post pub­lished by Bradley’s mum Gemma on Face­book said: “How amaz­ing are my dad’s trib­ute tat­toos to our brave boy. I would also like to point out my dad is a New­cas­tle sup­porter. #can­cer­has­no­colours.”

Fol­low­ing Bradley’s pass­ing, tributes flooded in for him from around the world. Thou­sands turned out in Black­hall to say goodbye on the day he was laid to rest, while many more across the world wore foot­ball shirts to pay trib­ute to him.

The Bradley Low­ery Foun­da­tion – a char­ity set up in the young­ster’s hon­our – was of­fi­cially launched in Au­gust, and aims to help chil­dren with can­cer.

Dur­ing his brave bat­tle with the dis­ease, hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds were do­nated to Bradley’s cause as his fam­ily looked to raise enough money for pi­o­neer­ing treat­ment in the USA.

Af­ter his story was beamed across the world when he was a mas­cot for Sun­der­land in a Pre­mier League game against Ever­ton, the Tof­fees do­nated £200,000 to the ap­peal.

That kicked-off a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween the fam­ily and Ever­ton, and he was sub­se­quently in­vited to the Liver­pool-based club’s Good­i­son Park to be mas­cot for a Pre­mier League game against Manch­ester City.

It is Bradley’s re­la­tion­ship with Jer­main De­foe which will live long in the mem­ory for many af­ter the pair struck up a touch­ing friend­ship.

Af­ter his death, Jer­main paid trib­ute to his ‘best friend’, who had been his mas­cot on his re­turn to the Eng­land team for a match against Lithua­nia at Wem­b­ley in March.

Howard Stonebank, grandad of Bradley Low­ery, left, dis­plays the tat­too trib­ute to the young­ster.

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