Everton are set to stage a charity football match in celebration of Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old Sunderland fan who died of cancer earlier this month, the club announced on Monday.
According to the BBC, the match has been arranged in conjunction with the Lowery family and the Bradley Lowery Foundation. A host of celebrities are expected to play the charity match on 3 September which will benefit the foundation.
Bradley died on 7 July having been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer named neuroblastoma when he was 18 months old. But the six-year-old Sunderland fan touched the hearts of millions worldwide by appearing at numerous matches as a mascot, with his family attempting to raise the funds needed for his treatment.
Notably, Bradly shared a close relationship with former Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe, who was in touch with him regularly and they could be seen heading out for games from the tunnel together.
Even though Bradley was a hardcore Sunderland fan, he was offered the chance to be an Everton mascot last season as the club donated a reported £200,000 to his charity appeal to help with his treatment.
Bradley’s mother, Gemma Lowery, appreciated the arrangements and heaped praised on the "fantastic support".
"I didn't know him for long but from the second he walked out onto the pitch with his beloved Sunderland, against us, I felt an overwhelming need to support him," Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told the BBC.
"He was the loveliest lad – still an imp, but with the biggest heart," he added.
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Updated Date: Jul 26, 2017 17:44:51 IST