FUNDRAISERS have continued to show their support for a plucky two-year-old who is fighting cancer.
A number of charity champions met in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to reveal how much has been raised in recent events held in aid of Bradley Lowery.
And despite a string of recent health setbacks and spending time in and out of Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Bradley managed to surprise the kind-hearted fundraisers by making an appearance at the centre with his grandad Howard Stonebank.
Among them are Hartlepool Round Table, the shopping centre itself and town woman Emma Bruce.
The town’s Round Table held its annual beer festival at the Borough Hall in October and have just revealed that Bradley has benefited from £3,000 of proceedings, while the town’s Epilepsy Outlook received £2,000 and Hartlepool RNLI was awarded £250.
Bradley’s mum Gemma said: “We are overwhelmed by the continued support shown by people in Hartlepool and East Durham for Bradley and can’t thank everyone enough.”
Mark Rycraft is a Round Table member, Middleton Grange’s manager and also a spokesman for Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma, an appeal set up to raise £500,000 for treatment abroad should Bradley suffer a relapse.
He said: “With the beer festival, at the outset we decided we were going to donate money to the beneficiaries but we didn’t at that time know how much. It was only afterwards when we reconciled the accounts did we release how much we had to offer them so it was with pride that we were able to offer each of the charities as much as we did.
“Proceeds have come from the beer festival which local people supported, so anyone who attended the beer festival directly contributed to the donations and we thank them.”
A wishing well at Middleton Grange’s festive grotto over Christmas also raised £1,352 for Bradley, who lives in Blackhall with mum Gemma, 31, Carl, 30, and brother Kieran, 12.
Mr Rycraft said: “It was the most money ever at the grotto in my career, including six years at Middleton Grange.
“At a time when finances were tough, with people watching every penny, people were keen enough to donate to Bradley’s Fight and continue to do so, so the support is overwhelming.”
And an impressive iced Christmas cake featuring Santa and Rudolph, which was made and raffled off along with cupcakes by Emma Bruce, a 30-year-old Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA) worker from the Rift House area, raised £188 for Bradley.
Emma, who attended Wingate Community School at the same times as Bradley’s parents, said: “I was over the moon with the amount raised through my cake raffle.”