Guitar signed by Red Hot Chili Peppers to be auctioned for cancer-fighting Blackhall toddler

Mark Rycraft and the authenticated signed Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitar.

Mark Rycraft and the authenticated signed Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitar.

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ONE lucky music fan could bag themselves a guitar signed by one of the world’s biggest rock bands.

And the auction of this red Chord electric guitar, signed by members of iconic group The Red Hot Chili Peppers, will surely strike the right chord when proceeds go towards helping two-year-old cancer sufferer Bradley Lowery.

Bradley Lowery.

Bradley Lowery.

Relatives of Blackhall youngster Bradley, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, have pulled some strings to get their hands on the musical instrument, which has been signed by the group’s legendary frontman Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante.

Blackhall man Lee Mole, who drives pop groups around on tour, bought it from a colleague and gave it to the family.

It will be auctioned off at a fundraising event next year or on the eBay website.

Mark Rycraft, manager of Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, is helping the family with fundraising activities in a bid to raise £500,000 for overseas treatment for Bradley.

He said: “It’s an electric guitar with a metallic red body and I believe it was taken to one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers events in Newcastle and signed there.

“The certificate of authenticity for the signatures has been provided by a company called everythingcollectible.com

“It’s very kind of Lee who donated the guitar to help Bradley.

“We know what price this guitar was sold for and Bradley’s mum Gemma was overwhelmed by the kindness when she realised it had some value.

“Because the signatures are authenticated, it’s a meaningful piece of music memorabilia.

“There is a lot of music memorabilia around with signatures, but not many guitars.”

Lee said: “I bought the guitar for myself, but when I heard about Bradley I wanted to help.”

Mark has raised £450 from the online sale of special Bradley wristbands, which are also available from the First Class shoe repairs shop in Middleton Grange.

Bradley is in hospital receiving high-dose chemotherapy and has had stem cell treatment to help him recover quicker.

He has had a tough couple of weeks, with harsh effects of the chemotherapy causing him to vomit blood.

He has had to have an operation to drain a build-up of fluid in his stomach.

Bradley has suffered a bad stomach rash, but dermatologists say this could be down to his skin being stretched and him being low on platelets, which help the blood clot.