More than 1,400 Christmas cards flood in for Bradley as John Terry backs appeal

John Terry has sent his wishes to Bradley Lowery.

John Terry has sent his wishes to Bradley Lowery.

A call to send Bradley Lowery Christmas cards has been met with an avalanche of messages - with former Chelsea and England captain John Terry among its backers.

An Everton fan suggested cards be sent to the five-year-old from Blackhall in the wake of the news that doctors had found his cancer had spread.

Bradley Lowery pictured at a Sunderland match.

Bradley Lowery pictured at a Sunderland match.

The schoolboy first beat neuroblastoma in 2013, but checks discovered it had returned in July.

The Sunderland fan has been undergoing tough treatment through Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and his parents have decided he will be given oral chemotherapy in the run up to Christmas, with antibody and chemotherapy to be used in the New Year to give them as much time as possible with him.

Tonight, from 8pm to 10pm, a candle light vigil will be held for Bradley, with people encouraged to share their photos via the hashtags #hopeforbradley and #bradleysfight.

The Bradley Lowery's Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page has today confirmed the address given for the card campaign will see wishes sent to one of the campaign's maanager - and they say he is "Over the moon." about the gesture.

John Terry's Instagram post.

John Terry's Instagram post.

John Terry has been among those to add their voice to the call, with more than 30,000 followers liking the message he put out to his 2.8million followers.

He posted via his Instagram @johnterry.26: "I have just heard that little Bradley Lowery only has two months to live and his wish is to receive thousands and thousands of Christmas cards.
"Bradley has cancer and hearing this awful news has broken my heart.
"I will be sending young Bradley a card and a signed shirt,

"I'm urging all my followers to make this little boys dreams come true and send him a Christmas card.
"Thinking of you little man."

They added: "Can I just say up to now the response has been immense and we cant thank everyone enough for your kind words.

"We have opened over 1,450 cards up to now, and cant wait for the post on Monday.

"Please remember if Bradley is having a good day the family will be out having adventures with him, so this is why the postal address is not Bradley's home address.

"We look forward to reading your kind words with Brad and the gifts and money he has received is fantastic.

"We want to say a huge thank you to you all for helping make Bradley's Christmas the most memorable ever."

Anyone who wishes to send a card can post it to:

Bradley's fight
C/O 5 Attlee Avenue
Blackhall rocks
Hartlepool
TS27 4BY.