A charity set up in the memory of Bradley Lowery, a young football fan and fundraiser who died from cancer earlier this year, has been registered with the Charity Commission.
Bradley, who died last month aged 6, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, when he was 18 months old.
More than £700,000 was raised to send Bradley to the US for treatment, and Bradley’s fundraising efforts were supported by prominent footballers and football clubs, including Sunderland FC – the team he supported – and the England international and former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.
The new charity, called the Bradley Lowery Foundation, will help other people with terminal illnesses, and was officially registered by the regulator on 22 August.
In a post on the Bradley Lowery’s fight against neuroblastoma Facebook page, Gemma Lowery, Bradley’s mother, said she was extremely proud to have successfully registered the foundation.
"We’re hoping to support, advise and encourage families on their fundraising campaigns to reach their target and get their child medical treatment and equipment," the Facebook post says.
"We’ll give out some grants, but we’ll also spend time building rapport with families to support them in all kinds of different ways. We’re also hoping to get a holiday home for families to use for short breaks, to give them some normality in their lives."
According to the Charity Commission website, the charity’s objects are to help fund treatment, recreational breaks and equipment for people with life-limiting illnesses.
A JustGiving page for the Bradley Lowery Foundation has raised almost £393,000, as of midday today.
A website for the new charity is in the process of being set up.