The Bradley Lowery Foundation was established in August 2017 after six-year-old Bradley Lowery lost his fight to Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer.
You might remember how Bradley’s winning smile and cheeky personality stole the hearts of the nation a couple of years ago and the image of him giving a thumbs up is instantly recognisable.
Gemma, Bradley’s mum, worked tirelessly to raise funds to get Bradley treatment in the USA, which wasn’t available in the UK. With the support of thousands of people, she was able to raise an astounding £1.3m as well as vital awareness for Neuroblastoma and childhood cancer in general.
Since it was founded, the Bradley Lowery Foundation has raised more than £3m for dozens of poorly children, established a dedicated support line for the families of children with cancer, donated more than £200K to researching childhood cancers and campaigned for new drugs to be introduced in the UK. It is also developing plans to support a £600,000 holiday home in Scarborough.
In 2019, I received a heartfelt letter from Gemma, asking me if I would become patron of the charity and I knew that it would be a perfect fit. It’s a North East-based charity which does fantastic work for poorly children across the UK and, as a mother of two young boys, I was, and still am, in absolute awe of how Gemma continues to fulfil Bradley’s legacy in such a fantastic way.
Gemma said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sara on board, her work and business experience is inspirational.
“With her support, we look forward to being able to do even more to support poorly children across the UK.”