Hundreds turn out to support brave Bradley Lowery at Seaton Carew fundraiser

Hundreds of yellow balloons were sent into the sky.
Hundreds of yellow balloons were sent into the sky.
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Families “put the heart into Hartlepool” as hundreds turned out to support brave Bradley Lowery.

A fundraiser was held on the seafront at Seaton Carew, with children and adults dipping into the sea before releasing yellow balloons to raise cash for the young cancer victim.

Crowds gathered for the event at Seaton Carew.

Crowds gathered for the event at Seaton Carew.

The balloons had all been sold at a cost of £5 each, while people also paid £1 to sign a banner of support for Bradley, who is battling neuroblastoma.

Family and friends of the five-year-old, from Blackhall, having been raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Bradley to receive life-saving treatment in the USA.

Organisers of today’s event at Seaton Carew – which also included fun and games for all the family – hope it will top the fund up by more than £2,000.

Stephen Picton, who organised the event alongside Tony Mann, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it at Seaton Carew and I don’t think I will again for a long time.

They should change the spelling of the town to Heartlepool

Stephen Picton

“It was a fantastic turnout, as there always is for things like this, because Hartlepool comes together.

“They should change the spelling of the town to Heartlepool, because that’s what it is.

“People like this put the heart into Hartlepool.”

Mr Mann added: “We started setting up at 6.20am and there was lots going on all day.

Bradley Splash event at Seaton Carew on Sunday in aid of Bradley Lowery

Bradley Splash event at Seaton Carew on Sunday in aid of Bradley Lowery

“It was a great turnout, and fantastic to see how many people came out to support Bradley.

“Hartlepool is always the same. There is a great community spirit and people come together.

“It made me so proud to see how many people had come along.”

Families from across the town and beyond attended, including Mark Hanlon, from Hartlepool.

Bradley Splash event at Seaton Carew on Sunday in aid of Bradley Lowery

Bradley Splash event at Seaton Carew on Sunday in aid of Bradley Lowery

He was there with members of his family including wife Cheryll Hanlon, and children Thomas, 13, and Sam, 11.

Mr Hanlon said: “It was excellent.

“It was for Bradley, whose story has touched so many, and the turnout showed how many people are behind him.

“He needs all the help he can get, so coming along and making some donations is the least we could do.”

The release of the balloons was started by the Mayor of Hartlepool, Coun Rob Cook.

Bradley was initially diagnosed with the cancer in 2013, and after he was declared as being in remission last year, sadly it returned.

Mark Hanlon with sons Sam, left, and Thomas, right, as well as niece Amelie Oliver, 11.

Mark Hanlon with sons Sam, left, and Thomas, right, as well as niece Amelie Oliver, 11.

Bradley Lowery

Bradley Lowery