Sunderland Echo

‘Super Brad’s Pad’ a haven for poorly children and their families

- Chris Cordner echo.news@nationalwo­rld.com @sunderland­echo

Take a first look at the inspiratio­nal new holiday home for sick children - in memory of Bradley Lowery.

This is the fantastic 'pad' where sick children can go for a well-deserved break with their families and it is all in the name of Bradley Lowery.

'Super Brad's Pad' is taking shape and could soon become a haven for people to 'make memories'.

It will have 5 bedrooms, play rooms, a hot tub, an enclosed garden and lots of other top-notch facilities.

It is all being made possible by the Bradley Lowery Foundation and the fantastic members of the public who are supporting it with donations.

But more help is needed to make sure fundraisin­g targets are hit and here's your chance to give support.

Bradley's mum Gemma Lowery, who started the Foundation, said: "Families can spend days, weeks, months in hospital with a seriously ill child and being able to have a short getaway makes the world of difference to all of the families.

"We want children to have the opportunit­ies Bradley had when he wasn't in hospital, we want parents to relax and enjoy each others company, away from the day-to-day life of being in hospital."

Officials are also hoping the pad will have a wildflower roof.

Super Brad’s Pad will cater for up to 10 people per visit, so that 'grandparen­ts, aunties, uncles and cousins can also enjoy being a part of the experience' said the Foundation.

The aim is for the home to host around 100 families per year.

Fundraisin­g was paused, and the holiday build was put on hold, during the pandemic.

But it is back in full swing and Gemma said the build was 'coming along nicely'.

She added: "Every donation no matter how big or small means everything to us."

Bradley touched the hearts of people all over the world. In 2017, he won a Child of Courage trophy at the Best of Wearside Awards.

Bradley lost his fight to neuroblast­oma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, in July of 2017.

Gemma founded the Bradley Lowery Foundation and started the charity

which became a beacon of hope.

Since it was founded, it has raised more than £3million for dozens of poorly children.

It has also establishe­d

a dedicated support line for the families of children with cancer, donated huge sums of money to researchin­g childhood cancers and campaigned for new drugs to be introduced in the UK.

Gemma told the Sunderland Echo earlier this month: "Fundraisin­g is hard for all charities at the moment. We appreciate every penny that is donated, especially because we still have £200,000 to finish the holiday home we are building in Scarboroug­h."

To find out more about the Foundation, visit https://bradleylow­eryfoundat­ion.com

 ?? ?? Bradley touched the hearts of football fans all over the world, and especially on Wearside.
Bradley touched the hearts of football fans all over the world, and especially on Wearside.
 ?? ?? An artist’s impression of how the home in Scarboroug­h would look.
An artist’s impression of how the home in Scarboroug­h would look.
 ?? ?? Gemma Lowery at the site where the holiday home is being built.
Gemma Lowery at the site where the holiday home is being built.

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