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25 July 2017

Everton to stage charity football match at Goodison in honour of Bradley Lowery

EVERTON will host a charity football match in honour of Bradley Lowery.

The brave six year old whose battle against neuroblastoma captured the hearts of the nation tragically passed away earlier this month.

Bradley Lowery with best mate Jermain Defoe at Goodison in February
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The late Bradley Lowery had a close connection to ‘second team’ Everton
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New Bournemouth man Jermain Defoe breaks down in press conference over Bradley Lowery

Sunderland fan Lowery had adopted the Toffees as his second team and led out the Black Cats against Everton last September and did the same in February.

Everton later donated £200,000 to the mascot’s fundraising drive and he was again their mascot for their game against Manchester City in January.

The upcoming charity match, which will take place at Goodison on September 3, will see celebrities play and raise funds for the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.

Bradley’s mum Gemma said: “I appreciate Sellebrity Soccer putting in the hard work to get the football match arranged to raise funds for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

“As always, Everton have been amazing in letting it happen at Goodison Park. The support is fantastic.”

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said: “There’s little that I could ever add to the tributes to Bradley, that have already been fulsome throughout the world of football – and onwards.

Bradley Lowery was a big fan of the Blues
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Celebrities will take part in the charity match for Bradley Lowery
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Everton chiefs Bill Kenwright, right, and Farhad Moshiri want to honour Bradley Lowery
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“I didn’t know him for long. But from the second he walked out onto the pitch with his beloved Sunderland Football Club against us, I felt an overwhelming ‘Blue’ need to support him.

“Farhad (Moshiri, Everton’s owner) and my Everton colleagues immediately supported that need.

“How can you ever tell how much a six year old appreciates, even loves, your support?

“You can’t really – but he was the loveliest lad. Still an imp – but with the biggest heart!

Bradley Lowery was a mascot for Everton against Man City
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Balloons released in memory of 6-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery

“He told me pretty shortly after he sat in my seat at Goodison, that he would rather be with his Sunderland friends, so hastily left the directors’ box!

“Only to give me a hug at the end of the game, and say that Everton was his second team, and that made the pain of losing to us a little bit easier!”

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