Ale tribute to Bradley at Hartlepool Beer Festival

Mark Rycraft pictured with Bradley Lowery.
Mark Rycraft pictured with Bradley Lowery.

REVELLERS at an annual beer festival will be able to enjoy a tipple named after a brave toddler battling a rare cancer.

Members of Hartlepool Round Table will name a beer at this year’s Hartlepool Beer Festival after two-year-old Bradley Lowery.

The Mail reported that proceeds from the event are going to a fund for the youngster, who is battling childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Now kind-hearted members of the town’s Round Table have announced that a Camerons brewery beer available at the festival, taking place on October 11 and 12 at Hartlepool Borough Hall, will be named after the Blackhall tot. And members of the public are being urged to put forward their suggestions for the name of the new brew.

Suggestions have already been flooding into the Bradley Lowery’s fight against neuroblastoma Facebook page.

They include Bradley’s Battle Brew, Fighting Spirit, Bradley’s Smile, Beer Strong, YNFA (You’ll Never Fight Alone) and Inner Strength.

Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery, 30, married to builder/roofer Carl, 30, and also mum to Kieran, 11, will pick the winner.

Gemma, an NHS health trainer at Healthworks in Easington Colliery, appeared in the Mail on Thursday after medics told her it would be too dangerous to remove a tumour from Bradley’s chest, having already removed the majority of a mass from his stomach in July.

She said: “I think this is a great idea as it raises awareness for Bradley.”

Local Round Table press officer Mark Rycraft said the organisation did a similar thing for Hartlepool cerebral palsy sufferer Mitchell Spencer, who was able to undergo an operation in America to help him walk better thanks to the efforts of town fundraisers.

Mitchell named a beer at the 2010 festival Trippy Tippy Toes.

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark said: “We get extra barrels donated to us by Camerons as a special brew and end up naming them ourselves.

“I suggested naming the beer after Bradley and the other members said ‘yes, let’s go for it’. There has been some really good responses on Bradley’s Facebook page.

“Most of the brews we get are popular, especially Camerons, and Mitchell’s beer was one of the first to sell out.”

People have until September 30 to submit suggestions and the winner gets a pair of tickets worth £25 for entry to the beer festival on either the Friday or Saturday night.

Those without the internet can make their suggestions at the customer services desk in Middleton Grange.

Mark, who the Mail reported last week will take part in a glass roof walk over the top of the Sage building in Gateshead to raise money for Bradley, on September 28, said Bradley wristbands, priced £3.60, have been selling well online and in the shopping centre. There is still time to sponsor Mark’s Sage feat, by visiting www.gofundme.com/SageGlassRoofWalk

l Vibe nightclub, in Peterlee, hosts a charity dance night for Bradley tonight from 11.30pm.