The family of six-year-old Bradley Lowery have shared their “excitement” after the charity set up in his name became official.
The huge Sunderland supporter passed away last month having been diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just 18 months old.
His story touched the hearts of people across the world, with celebrities, football stars and clubs supporting him throughout his brave battle.
The Lowery family received approval from the Charity Commission to officially set up a foundation in Bradley’s name.
Upon receiving confirmation Bradley’s mum Gemma said: “We’re mega excited to announce that after a lot of behind-the-scenes work, we’ve got a registered charity number for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.
“I’m extremely proud to get to this point and take Bradley’s legacy forward.
“We’re hoping to support, advise and encourage families on their fundraising campaigns to reach their target and get their child medical treatment and equipment.
“We’ll give out some grants, but we’ll also spend time building rapport with families to support them in all kinds of different ways. Giving people normality in these situations is important so we’re also hoping to get a holiday home for families to use for short breaks.
“It has been a tough few years, especially the last seven weeks. The Foundation has given me something to focus on and challenge my positive energy into, knowing that my baby has helped and will continue to help so many other children.”
The newly-formed Foundation has recently been gifted the use of a corporate box at the Stadium of Light by Sunderland AFC, allowing them to bring to life the aims of the Bradley Lowery Foundation by either auctioning off the matchday hospitality offer or giving other young ill Sunderland fans the chance to make memories with their families.
However, their first fundraising event since being granted official status will be a celebrity charity match at Goodison Park on Sunday 3 September, kicking off at 3pm.
Tickets for the game, which will feature names including Olly Murs, Calum Best and Shayne Ward, are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for Under-16s, with all proceeds from the game being split equally between the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.
Tickets can be purchased online here
or over the phone on 0151 556 1878
For supporters wishing to purchase in person, this can be done at the Goodison Park ticket office or at Everton Two in Liverpool One.