Bradley Lowery's family return to Stadium of Light

Bradley Lowery's family returned to the Stadium of Light last night to watch Sunderland first game of the championship campaign. Before the game, players and fans joined together for a minute's applause in memory of the youngster.

Six-year-old Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery, lost his battle with neuroblastma last month.

His mum Gemma and dad Carl also invited a child supported by the Bradley Lowery Foundation to the game. Gemma wrote on their facebook page:

"Last night was very emotional for myself and Bradley's daddy. We both had anxiety driving up to Sunderland AFC and found it extremely difficult being there without our little superhero. However we were extremely proud and overwhelmed with the minute applause. Sunderland have supported us so much and will continue to.

Another thing I was proud of last night was having our first child use the Bradley Lowery Foundation box. Nicole had an amazing time and she was super excited when we scored. Her little face was amazing and that is why we will carry on with helping other children. I promised my baby I will do everything I can to help people who need us and to put smiles on children's faces."

Bradley lost his fight against neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in June.

Sunderland drew 1-1 draw against Derby with Lewis Grabban's equaliser saving their blushes.

In the last few weeks a host of celebrities have been announced for a football match to celebrate the Bradley's life.

The game will take place at Goodison Park, home of Everton FC, whose fans took Bradley to their hearts when he appeared as mascot for his beloved Sunderland against their team at the Stadium of Light last September.