A PENSIONER touched by the story of an ill little boy has donated hundreds of pounds to his cause.
Ruby Royal handed a £300 cheque over to Bradley Lowery’s Fight in aid of the two-year-old, who is battling the rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma.
The blind pensioner said the story of the toddler “makes her heart ache” and she wanted to help him in any way she could.
“He shouldn’t have to go through this,” said the mum-of-three, who found out about the work of the organisation from listening to articles in a talking newspaper.
“I heard about Bradley and what he has gone through, and I just decided I wanted to help how I can.
“I haven’t had a holiday for two years, so I can afford it.”
The organisation Bradley Lowery’s Fight was set up last year to raise the money to send Bradley, from Blackhall, to America for cancer relapse treatment, which is not available in the UK.
He has received high-dose chemotherapy to try to kill the cancer, but is still battling the disease.
Grandmother-of-five and great-grandmother-of-two Ruby, of Nookside, Sunderland, whose son died in 1996, said because she can understand the pain of losing a child, it made her want to help more.
“There are a lot of children who have been through what he has,” she said. “But you never think you can lose a child. You think they are going to bury you.
“If all the millionaires in Sunderland gave some money to him, they could afford to send him to America. I’m glad I have got the money to give him, and I hope it helps to get him the treatment he wants.”
Fund-raisers across the North East have been pitching in to raise money for Bradley, holding various charity events and even making a calendar to sell.
So far, the fund-raising total stands at £142,000. To donate, visit http://bradleylowerysfight.org.uk/.