A FIGHT group has paid tribute to its supporters who are helping to aid a little boy - by planning to put a trophy on public display.
The Bradley Lowery Neuroblastoma Fight Group won the Fundraiser of the Year category, sponsored by TFM, at the Pride of Hartlepool awards.
The group’s campaigners were so grateful for the support it has received down the years that they have announced plans for the trophy to go on display in Blackhall.
Bradley Lowery, who lives with his parents Gemma, 31, an NHS health trainer, and builder Carl, 30, in Blackhall, was born with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma in January last year.
The two-year-old has since won the hearts of people in both Hartlepool and east Durham.
A huge fundraising drive is underway to raise £500,000. The target has been set for treatment overseas, should he suffer a relapse.
Mark Rycraft, the manager of the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool, is one of the people leading the fight group. He said: “We are going to put the trophy on permanent display. We are doing this on behalf of the community so that they can enjoy it.
“We are where we are because of them.”
The trophy is expected to be shown at the Sure Start Children’s Centre in Middle Street, Blackhall.
Mr Rycraft said: “We have made it very clear from the outset that there is no way we would be in this situation, of raising money as much as we have done, without the support of the community.
“After we won the trophy, we had a chat and decided that the trophy should be on display at a point where everyone could enjoy it.”
The Fight Group is making great inroads into the target for Bradley to have treatment, should he need it.
Mr Rycraft added: “The total stands at about £150,000 which is great.”
The Fight Group was one of 11 worthy winners at the Pride of Hartlepool awards which more than 200 people attended.
l Watch out for more coverage, including reaction from all the winners and lots more photographs, in a 12-page supplement which will be published in the Hartlepool Mail tomorrow.
l There will also be video reaction and more coverage from the night on our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk