Get be­hind this spe­cial night for my pal Bradley

The Chronicle - - News - By So­phie Bar­ley

Con­tent Ed­i­tor JERMAIN De­foe has given his sup­port to the Bradley Low­ery Celebrity Char­ity Match, say­ing it will be spe­cial to watch.

Six-year-old Bradley lost his bat­tle with neu­rob­las­toma in July and a char­ity match in his mem­ory is set to take place on Sun­day at Ever­ton’s Good­i­son Park.

For­mer Sun­der­land player De­foe, now at AFC Bournemouth, forged a close friend­ship with Bradley and his fam­ily, from Black­hall Col­liery, af­ter meet­ing the brave young­ster when he was the mas­cot for the Black Cats in their game against Ever­ton last sea­son.

In the months that fol­lowed, De­foe’s sup­port for Bradley and his fam­ily touched the hearts of the foot­balling world, cul­mi­nat­ing with the duo lead­ing Eng­land out at Wem­b­ley in March for a World Cup qual­i­fier. De­foe will again be on in­ter­na­tional duty this week­end, mean­ing he won’t be able to at­tend the char­ity match.

But he has shown his sup­port for the game, say­ing: “Watch­ing the game will be spe­cial for ob­vi­ous rea­sons – the re­la­tion­ship I had with Bradley, my best friend, and I am still close to his fam­ily.

“I want to thank ever­ton on be­half of the Low­erys, and my fam­ily for what they have done and for their sup­port in help­ing the fam­ily in putting on this game; it’s go­ing to be a great oc­ca­sion. I also want to thank all of the play­ers and ev­ery­one in­volved – it’s for a great cause and hope­fully we can raise a lot of money.”

The match, which has been put to­gether with the sup­port of Sellebrity Soc­cer, will see celebri­ties lace up their boots in sup­port of the Bradley Low­ery Foun­da­tion and Ever­ton in the Com­mu­nity.

Bradley’s fam­ily have cho­sen the team names Bradley’s Blues and the Low­ery Leg­ends.

Tony Bellew will man­age the for­mer, with play­ers in­clud­ing Olly Murs, Shayne Ward, Peter Beard­s­ley and Alan Stubbs.

Katie Price and Roy Evans will be in charge of the Low­ery Leg­ends, who in­clude Calum Best, Jeremy Lynch, Josh Cuth­bert, Don Hutchin­son and Alex Rae.

Tick­ets are £10 for adults and £5 for un­der­16s and can be pur­chased on­line at www. ev­er­tonfc.com/bradley or over the phone on 0151 556 1878.

Jermain De­foe with Bradley Low­ery in De­cem­ber 2016

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