The family of Bradley Lowery have said they are 'overwhelmed' by the support they have received from the nation as they mark the first anniversary since the youngster lost his cancer fight.
Speaking on behalf of Bradley's family, close family friend Lynn Murphy said the family are finding the anniversary very hard, but appreciate the support they have received from across the country which helps to keep the six-year-old's legacy alive.
She said: "They are overwhelmed by the amount of support that they have received since Bradley's passing.
"It is really overwhelming that after 10 months we still have got the support of everybody involved, the local community and communities across the UK.
"Bradley's family are doing really well, but each day is getting harder and harder.
"We are concentrating on the Cancer Has No Colours and carrying on his legacy."
Tomorrow, July 7, marks a year since the Blackhall schoolboy lost his brave fight with cancer neuroblastoma.
Bradley's parents Gemma and Carl Lowery, will be spending the day as a family and will be watching the football in the hope that England will win in honour of Bradley's love of football.
Bradley was a mascot for the England squad at their World Cup qualifier at Wembley alongside his best friend Jermain Defoe.
A summer fair held at Blackhall Primary, Bradley's former school looked to remember the youngster and announce plans to link up with the foundation to build a play area and football pitch for pupils and the wider community in Bradley's name.
Speaking at the event Lynn added: "Bradley's family will bet together watching the football and trying to get through the day.
"It is always very hard but it is important to look at the legacy that he has created and the good that he has achieved."
To ensure his legacy continues to help other youngsters who are battling ill health, his family have set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation in his name to provide funding and support to families.
Lynn who is co-founder and head of communications and fundraising at the foundation added: "The last year had been really overwhelming for the foundation.
"We had 23 children, six of those that have reached the targets that they were fundraising for and they have had the treatment and the equipment that they need.
"We have even got contacts in the USA that want to support the foundation now so that is really good."