De­foe’s birth­day trib­ute to his tragic pal Bradley

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JER­MAIN De­foe has paid trib­ute to pal Bradley Low­ery on what would have been his sev­enth birth­day.

The for­mer Sun­der­land striker, 35, be­friended the lad as he fought neu­rob­las­toma can­cer. Bradley, a club mas­cot, died in July. Jer­main tweeted yes­ter­day: “I know you’re up there smil­ing down on us, es­pe­cially your mum, dad and brother.

“I bet you’re throw­ing an­other memorable party. Happy birth­day, SOUNDCHECK Ron­nie’s twins in Dublin mate. We miss you and love you more than you’ll ever know.”

The star’s part­ner Rachel Calvert did a para­chute jump with Bradley’s mum Gemma, of Black­hall Col­liery, Co Durham, rais­ing £6,000 for the Bradley Low­ery Foun­da­tion. Gemma wrote on its Face­book page: “Happy 7th birth­day to my beau­ti­ful an­gel. Wak­ing up on Brad’s birth­day with­out him here is hor­ren­dous.”

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