Brave cancer battler Bradley Lowery is enjoying a 'lovely' sixth birthday surrounded by friends and family.
The youngster, from Blackhall, who suffers from terminal neuroblastoma, spent this morning opening cards and presents from family, friends and strangers alike.
Bradley was said to have a smile on his face despite marking his special day in hospital.
He was admitted after taking a turn for the worse, forcing his parents to cancel a family trip to America.
A message posted on the Bradley Lowery's fight against neuroblastoma facebook page said: "Bradley has had a settled night and he has had a lovely morning opening cards and presents.
"He is worn out now so he is having a nap recharging his batteries for later.
"We have had lots of fun reading out his birthday wishes on his crowd funding and birthday page. Keep them coming and I'll get through as many as possible.
"Can I ask people not to inbox their birthday messages - we do appreciate you thinking of Bradley but it's hard to keep up with them.
"Thank you guys"
The page - at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bradsbirthday - was set up by Lynn Murphy with the aim pf raising £100.
The total now stands at more than £5,300 .