Bradley Lowery’s £3million legacy: Charity set up in his name helps more than 30 ill children

Bradley Lowery’s mother has revealed the charity set up in her son’s name has raised more than £3million and helped more than 30 desperately ill children.

Gemma Lowery set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation to continue the legacy of the cancer-stricken Sunderland superfan who passed in 2017, aged just six. 

In just over 18 months, more than 30 have benefited from Bradley’s legacy – including one young girl with the same cancer as him went into remission this month.

Gemma Lowery (pictured with Bradley) has revealed the charity set up in her son’s name has raised more than £3million and helped more than 30 desperately ill children

She set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation to continue the legacy of the cancer-stricken Sunderland superfan who passed in 2017, aged just six

She set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation to continue the legacy of the cancer-stricken Sunderland superfan who passed in 2017, aged just six

She set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation to continue the legacy of the cancer-stricken Sunderland superfan who passed in 2017, aged just six

Mrs Lowery said she’s able to cope with her grief because she knows the charity – which she runs from offices in her hometown of Blackhall Colliery, Co Durham – is helping other families. 

She told the Sunday People: ‘It helps me seeing other families ­getting the treatment that Bradley could have had. I don’t want them to go through what I did.

‘It’s what Bradley would have wanted too. He would say it’s the right thing to do. I’m proud and he’d be proud. That’s why I do it – for the children and for him.’

Mrs Lowery will be at Wembley Stadium tomorrow for Mother’s Day – for the first time since losing her son – to watch Bradley’s beloved Sunderland AFC play in the Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth.

Bradley forged a special bond with then-Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe. They walked out together with Bradley as a mascot in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier

Bradley forged a special bond with then-Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe. They walked out together with Bradley as a mascot in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier

Bradley forged a special bond with then-Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe. They walked out together with Bradley as a mascot in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier

Mrs Lowery said she's able to cope with the grief of losing Bradley (pictured) because she knows the charity is helping other families

Mrs Lowery said she's able to cope with the grief of losing Bradley (pictured) because she knows the charity is helping other families

Mrs Lowery said she’s able to cope with the grief of losing Bradley (pictured) because she knows the charity is helping other families

It will be an emotional return for the 35-year-old who was there in 2017 when Bradley led the England team out as mascot in a World Cup qualifier alongside then-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

Bradley forged a special bond with Defoe, who went on to get the youngster’s name tattooed on his wrist as a tribute following his death. 

Mrs Lowery and Bradley’s father, Carl, had been fundraising since Bradley was diagnosed with the rare cancer aged 18 months, with the hope of taking him for pioneering treatment in the US.

They’d raised £1.3m, but Bradley sadly passed before they were able to go. They decided instead to spend it on other families in similar situations.

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