Sheffield Wednesday supporters raise over £16k in just two days for the Bradley Lowery Foundation after two fans mocked six-year-old Sunderland fan’s death from rare cancer
- Two men appeared to mock the death of six-year-old Bradley Lowery last week
- A fundraiser set up by Sheffield Wednesday fans has since exceeded £16k
- Lowery’s mother hit out at the incident during Wednesday’s match v Sunderland
Sheffield Wednesday supporters have raised more than £15,000 for the Bradley Lowery Foundation in just two days after two men appeared to mock the six-year-old Sunderland fan’s death from a rare form of cancer.
A Go Fund Me page was set up by supporters after the individuals were seen laughing as one of them held up a phone displaying zoomed-in picture of Lowery during Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Wednesday. Lowery passed away in 2017 after a battle with neuroblastoma.
The fundraiser has since been inundated with donations and by Monday morning the figure had reached £16,500.
The Bradley Lowery Foundation was established in 2017 after Bradley’s mother Gemma raised over £1.3m to get her son treatment in the USA before he sadly lost his battle, with the foundation now looking to help other children fighting cancer.
The foundation said all of the donations would be put towards the charity’s holiday home in Scarborough.
A charity fundraiser set up by Sheffield Wednesday fans in memory of Bradley Lowery has raised more than £16,000
Shocking pictures showed two supporters appearing to mock the six-year-old’s death at the Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland match at Hillsborough on Friday evening
Bradley’s mother Gemma set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation in 2017 after the Sunderland fan’s death from neuroblastoma
The money is being given to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, who said it would be put towards the charity’s holiday home in Scarborough.
After the donations initially hit the £6,000 mark, the foundation said it was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support.
‘We are honestly so overwhelmed. We are so thankful to SWFC and all of the fans for showing your support,’ a post said.
‘We know the views of a couple are not the views of the majority, and will forever be grateful for this gesture, which will be put towards our holiday home in Scarborough.’
The GoFundMe page shows the donations have now exceeded the £16,000 mark
Two men, aged 31 and 27, are being held on suspicion of outraging public decency over the incident that occurred at Hillsborough on Friday.
Gemma criticised the ‘low life’ brothers who appeared to mock her son’s death.
In a Facebook post, Bradley’s mother Gemma said: ‘This is so hard for me to see,’ and added: ‘What ever happened to cancer has no colours, let alone respect for a family that lost their baby to cancer.’
Gemma later thanked the football community for their support and said ‘understandably people are angry, if I wasn’t so upset I’d be angry to’, but she added that fans should let the police ‘deal with the low lives’.
Lowery was made a mascot by Sunderland during his battle with the child touching the hearts of many across the country
Lowery’s battle against cancer touched the hearts of many across the country and saw his beloved Sunderland made him a mascot at the Stadium of Light.
He struck up a close friendship with then-player Jermain Defoe, who would pose for pictures with him and parade him around the ground at full time.
His journey even saw him become a special guest of BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2016.
Defoe has previously spoken about how Lowery has left an everlasting spark in his life, adding: ‘There’s not a day that goes past where I don’t think about him.’
‘He will always be in my heart, for the rest of my life,’ he said on the ‘Jermain Defoe: Outside The Box’ podcast.
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