A date with battling Bradley

Bradley with Santa in December
Bradley with Santa in December

LITTLE fighter Bradley Lowery beams widely as he poses during a photoshoot for his very own calendar.

But just weeks after having these cute pictures taken, the two-year-old cancer sufferer is fighting for his life in hospital.

His family had these pictures taken to create a 2014 calendar, with proceeds going towards life-saving treatment for the youngster, who was diagnosed with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma in January. The calendar features heart-warming images of Bradley, whose smile endures throughout each of the months he is photographed for.

In March he is prepared for rainshowers with his coat and brolley, in October, he looks cute as a button dressed as a spider for halloween and October and in December he sits contently with Father Christmas.

News of the calendar comes as his family, including parents Gemma and Carl Lowery, both 30, of Blackhall, had a scare when Bradley’s life support machine stopped working on Tuesday night.

Medics had to resort to emergency measures while the machine was replaced.

In an update on the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page, NHS health worker Gemma, who is also mum to 11-year-old Kieran, told how the family had a scare when the youngster’s life-support machine briefly malfunctioned on Tuesday night.

She said: “While all the doctors and nurses were trying to fix it Carolyn, a lovely nurse who was looking after Bradley, had to manually stand and do something they call bagging.

“This is where they squeeze air into Bradley’s lungs using a specially-designed bag until they got another machine set up.

“This didn’t cause Bradley any harm and the team on intensive care are amazing but it didn’t do nothing for mine and Carl’s nerves.”

Meanwhile a song released for Bradley - A Christmas Lullaby - continues to climb up the charts.

The touching tune, written and performed by town pair Kate Williams and Paul Hart, is now at 22 in the iTunes download chart.

Mark Rycraft, manager of Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, who is helping Bradley’s family with publicity and fundraising, said: “The calendar is a beautiful idea.

“People have already been asking where they can buy it.

“We have got so many people wanting to buy a 2014 calendar and they are waiting for Bradley’s calendar and I know people will buy these as gifts for Christmas.”

The calendar is expected to cost £6 and will be available in the Red Dreams shop, in the former Greenwoods store in the centre, with various other outlets also expected to stock it.

Mark is appealing for volunteers to help sell Bradley merchandise, including wristbands and pens.

He will be at Easington Social Welfare Centre, in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery from 7.30pm on Tuesday to offer more information, or he can be contacted via www.bradleylowerysfight.co.uk