Bradley Lowery's Dad pledges to make son proud in Great North Run charity campaign

The legacy of young Bradley Lowery has inspired countless fundraisers across the North East and the rest of the UK.

By Debra Fox
Sunday, 18 August, 2019, 14:10

And next month, his brave fight will spur on one determined runner to reach his half-marathon finish line.

Bradley, from Blackhall, died months after his sixth birthday in 2017 after a hard-fought battle with neuroblastoma cancer.

Since his death, a foundation set up in his name has worked alongside families to raise awareness and fund-raising for a variety of campaigns.

Carl Lowery with Bradley after the Great North Run in 2014

The charity’s work was inspired by Bradley’s love and care for other children, which never wavered even while he was receiving his own treatment.

Now Bradley’s dad, Carl Lowery, has pledged to continue his son’s legacy in taking on the 2019 Great North Run on Sunday, September 8.

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Dad-of-two Carl said: “I’m really looking forward to running the Great North Run and more importantly, raising money for the Foundation.

“I hope to make Bradley proud and continue his legacy. My wife does an amazing job, day in, day out with the foundation and this is me doing my bit too.”

Bradley lost his life in July 2017. Picture: Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Carl set himself a £250 fund-raising target for the Foundation, and thanks to the kindness of the charity’s supporters he has already made more than £300.

He last took on the GNR in 2014 to raise money for his son’s treatment. Bradley, who was three at the time, watched the race from his hospital bed with mum Gemma.​​​​​​​

Carl Lowery's jersey from the 2014 Great North Run.