Bradley Lowery Way leading to Sunshine Place is part of the new Hardwicke Place development in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, close to his family’s home
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Two streets named in honour of brave youngster Bradley Lowery have been unveiled by his proud mum Gemma.
Bradley Lowery Way leading to Sunshine Place is part of the new Hardwicke Place development in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, close to his family’s home.
Sunshine was the nickname Gemma and husband Carl gave Bradley, due to his sunny disposition despite the pain and discomfort he was suffering throughout his illness.
It proved a double celebration for Gemma who had turned up expecting to receive a cheque for the charity launched in her son’s name, Chronicle Live reports.
Staff from Gleeson Homes which is constructing the development walked 874 miles – the equivalent distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats – raising an amazing £4,000 for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.
After receiving the cheque she was asked to unveil a street sign.
An emotional Gemma, who recently revealed she is pregnant with the couple’s third child, said: “It’s absolutely incredible. Thank-you so much, it means so much to us.”
Sunderland fan Bradley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer found mainly in babies and young children, at the age of just 18 months.
He struck up a friendship with then Black Cats striker Jermain Defoe and was a mascot for Sunderland.
Bradley was even named joint winner of the December 2016 BBC Goal of the Month for a penalty he took against Chelsea. He died in July, 2017 aged six.
The Bradley Lowery Foundation was established in August 2017. The foundation aims to support families who are fundraising for treatment or equipment, which is not readily available or covered by the NHS.
Earlier this year Sarah Marsden, Divisional Managing Director at Gleeson said: “We are delighted to be commemorating Bradley by naming the roads on Hardwicke Place after him.
“As the designated charity for all of Gleeson’s North Eastern Division, we will be continually raising money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation throughout our next financial year and beyond with various fundraising initiatives.”