Red is the colour for frail Bradley

Yohden Care Complex resident Richard Watts with staff as they take part in the "Wear It Red" event to raise funds for Bradley Lowery
Yohden Care Complex resident Richard Watts with staff as they take part in the "Wear It Red" event to raise funds for Bradley Lowery
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PEOPLE backed a charity cause for a battlin youngster by wearing red for the day.

Pupils and staff at Easington Colliery Primary School joined staff at Yohden Care Complex, Blackhall, to get dressed up to help raise cash for young Bradley Lowery who was diagnosed with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma in January.

The Blackhall youngster has been receiving high-dose chemotherapy at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary since last month. But his condition worsened and he has spent several weeks fighting for life after he started bleeding from his lungs, although medics are weaning him off the life support machines that have kept him alive.

Easington Colliery Primary School headteacher David Looms said an assembly was held where the children were told about the rare cancer and also learned about Bradley’s story. He said the event raised just over £500 and added: “We have been really thrilled by the level of support.

“I think it has made a really big impression with the children and it is good to back a local cause.”

Yohden Care Complex raised £281 which was a combination of the donations from staff for wearing red for the day and from selling raffle tickets.Home manager Maxine Lee said: “We had a fantastic turn out at our coffee morning and everyone has said that they’ve had a brilliant time. It is such a worthwhile cause and we’re so glad that we’ve been able to support it today. Our staff made a really big effort for the day by dressing up and baking cakes.”

Staff at the home plan to raise more funds by donating the money they would usually spend on Christmas cards to the charity.