Pupils boost Bradley fund with football-themed event to celebrate Sunderland’s Wembley final

Youngsters backing Bradley's cause
Youngsters backing Bradley's cause

PUPILS teamed up to raise cash for charity in a football-themed event to celebrate Sunderland’s Wembley final day.

The school was raising money for Bradley Lowery, the Blackhall two-year-old who is battling the cancer neuroblastoma.

Easington Colliery Primary School organised the fundraiser and were supported by Sunderland AFC.

The football club supplied football shirts and balls which were signed by the team and tickets to matches at the Stadium of Light, which were all raffled off and made £400.

Scores of football activities on the day combined to raise £820.

The pupils were allowed to go into school out of uniform and were all dressed in red to support Bradley.

A penalty shootout was held which saw the whole school battle it out for the title of best penalty taker.

Headteacher David Loomes said: “We are very pleased to be supporting a local charity in aid of Bradley Lowery, as well as celebrating the achievements of a local football team in reaching the League Cup Final at Wembley.

“We would like to thank the children, and their families, for their generosity and support and Sunderland AFC for their assistance with raffle prizes.

“We are thrilled at the total amount raised.”

The event was staged to celebrate Sunderland’s League Cup final game against Manchester City at Wembley with a chance to raise more cash for the brave little Sunderland fan.

Mark Rycraft, manager of Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, has been working with the family to raise awareness of Bradley’s plight.

He said: “I think the fact that a number of schools and children continue to be involved is really lovely because one of the important things and challenges isn’t just about the money being raised, but it’s also about increasing awareness.

“Schools like this and teams like Sunderland are such kind-hearted people. It means a lot to us.”

The Bradley’s Fight campaign needs to raise £500,000 which will be used for treatment overseas, should Bradley suffer a relapse.