Having a real ball for brave Bradley

Lucas Thompson and mum Natasha with Iron Man.
Lucas Thompson and mum Natasha with Iron Man.

Awe-struck youngsters got to meet their heroes when they were treated to a massive party as part of a bid to raise funds for a young cancer sufferer.

A Princess and Superheroes Charity Ball held at East Durham College, in Peterlee, raised a staggering £4,212 for young Bradley Lowery, with more money to come.

Three year old Jack Sweet with two of the Transformer characters.

Three year old Jack Sweet with two of the Transformer characters.

Things appear to be looking up for the two-year-old Blackhall boy, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

After being on a life support machine at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary last month, his condition has picked up – and he was even allowed home for a few days last week.

Organisers of the ball say they hope to make it an annual event and that Bradley will be there next year.

Nine hundred tickets were sold, with 400 children and their parents attending.

The ball was a joint venture between Peterlee’s three Sunshine Day nurseries and Giant Steps nurseries.

It was organised by Kelly Walton, manager of the Sunshine Day Nursery at Seascape Primary School, and her deputy, Becky Turner, who knows Bradley’s family.

The jam-packed event featured numerous Disney princesses and characters from Star Wars, Transformers and The Riddler from Batman, as well as a visit from Santa, a bouncy castle, face-painters and raffles and tombolas.

East Durham College students helped transform youngsters into Disney princesses and superheroes in a “Bippity Boppity Boutique”, and there was also a performance from Shotton Hall Steel Band.

There was a Bradley’s Tree of Hope, where people could pay for a bauble and leave a message in a journal, as well as a balloon release.

Kelly said: “I hope we can do it again, and have Bradley with us next time.

“All the children’s little faces lit up when they saw all the princesses and superheroes, it was magical.”

The event also saw Shotton Hall Primary School pupil Kaitlyn Hildrew sponsored to have her waist-length hair cut into a bob to raise funds, raking in £400 for Bradley.

Kelly thanked the college and students and everyone else involved.