FUND-RAISERS are ready to launch their latest idea to raise money for a poorly youngster.
The team from Bradley Lowery’s Fight has had a 2014 calendar made, featuring pictures of the two-year-old, which they will begin selling next week to raise money for his cause.Bradley, of Blackhall, was diagnosed with are rare form of cancer known as neuroblastoma in January.
The lad, brother to Kieran, 11, has been receiving high-dose chemotherapy at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary since last month, and mum Gemma, 30, and dad Carl, 30, have barely left his side.
Unfortunately his condition worsened and he has spent several weeks fighting for life after he started bleeding from his lungs, and medics have weaned him off the life support machines that have kept him alive.
Fund-raisers began joining the fight for Bradley, who won a Pride of Wearside Child of Courage Award earlier this month, after he was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition at the beginning of the year.
They aim to raise £500,000 for him to receive relapse treatment in America, which is not available in the UK, if and when he needs it.
A song, named Christmas Lullaby (Bradley Lowery’s Fight) was released earlier this month to help the campaign, and has reached number 62 in the Official Chart, and number six in the Top 30 Indie Singles Chart.
The calendar, featuring photographs of the youngster taken before he went into hospital, is set to raise even more money and awareness of Bradley’s plight, which has gained more than 24,000 like on Facebook.
Three thousand copies have been printed, which will be sold for £6 each, online, and from fund-raisers in Spennymoor, Blackhall, Horden, Peterlee, Easington, Shotton, Seaham, Wingate and Hartlepool.
Official fund-raiser for Bradley Lowery’s Fight, Mark Rycraft, said: “The photos were taken in a window of time before Bradley was about to chemotherapy and they are lovely. It’s a massive thing which will help to generate a lot of funds.
“Gemma is always telling me that the love and support from people who are just genuinely interested in Bradley’s welfare is providing her family with a lot of support. Being in that situation and seeing the support they are getting on a day-to-day basis must be quite overwhelming.”
Calendars can be ordered online www.bradleylowerysfight.co.uk/bradleys-calendar-postal.html.
Pupils and staff at Easington Colliery Primary School joined staff at Yohden Care Complex, Blackhall, to get dressed up to help raise cash for Bradley by wearing red for the day.
Easington Colliery Primary School headteacher David Looms said an assembly was held where the children were told about the rare cancer and also learned about Bradley’s story.
He said the event raised just over £500 and added: “We have been really thrilled by the level of support.
“I think it has made a really big impression with the children and it is good to back a local cause.”
Yohden Care Complex raised £281 which was a combination of the donations from staff for wearing red for the day and from selling raffle tickets.
Home manager Maxine Lee said: “We had a fantastic turn out at our coffee morning and everyone has said that they’ve had a brilliant time. It is such a worthwhile cause and we’re so glad that we’ve been able to support it today.
“Our staff made a really big effort for the day by dressing up and baking cakes.”
Staff at the home plan to raise more funds by donating the money they would usually spend on Christmas cards to the charity.