A street has been named in honour of Bradley Lowery, four years after his battle with cancer touched millions.
The six-year-old was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of the disease, and came to the public’s attention on the back of his family’s high profile efforts to raise funds for his treatment.
He became closely associated with Sunderland AFC football club and was supported by players, including notably Jermain Defoe.
A foundation was set up in his name to support the families of children with cancer by parents Gemma and Carl.
Now the County Durham-born schoolboy has had a road named after him in his hometown of Blackhall Colliery.
The street – Bradley Lowery Way – is on a new housing estate and has delighted his family.
Mum Gemma said: ‘This is more like a personal thing. I know the foundation is helping so many children which is amazing but this is personal for me because this now lives on forever and people who buy these houses are going to live on the Bradley Lowery Way.
‘When I got the phone call I was astonished, I was amazed and the feeling that I’ve got inside, I just can’t describe it – he is gone but his legacy lives on and this is just one way of showing that.
‘It is incredible and it makes me so proud.’
Staff from the property firm behind the estate, Gleeson, have also been raising funds towards a retreat funded by the foundation.
‘Super Brad’s Pad’ is a holiday home in Scarborough the charity is developing to provide a getaway for families going through the stress of a serious illness in a child.
They have raised £4,000 so far by walking the distance between Lands End and John O’Groats.
Gemma added: ‘Just a thank you to everybody who has supported the walk, they have walked so far in lots of different types of weather
‘They have just been amazing and this £4,000 is actually going to the holiday home so lots of children are going to get to make special memories like we did with Bradley.’
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