Sunderland shirts to support Bradley Lowery charity

Bradley Lowery. Credit: PA

Sunderland AFC will officially launch the Bradley Lowery Foundation this week, when the Black Cats take on Everton in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

Sunderland’s red and white striped shirts will sport the logo of the newly-formed foundation, with the club’s principal sponsor Dafabet donating the prime space in order to support the charity.

The one-off shirts will then be signed by the players following the game at Goodison Park and auctioned by the charity to raise vital funds.

Lee Cattermole, John O'Shea and Dundan Watmore sporting the new shirt. Credit: Sunderland AFC

Everton FC, who have been great supporters of the Lowery family, will also sport the logo on their shirts in place of their usual branding, in what the club describes as 'a show of unity demonstrating the powerful effect young Bradley had on the world of football'.

Bradley Lowery thanked Everton fans after he appeared as mascot. Credit: PA

After Bradley’s death in July, at the age of six, his family has worked to set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

The charity will offer grants and other forms of support to families going through similar situations.

Bradley, from Blackhall in County Durham, who lost his fight against neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, in July.

While he battled with his illness he won the hearts of people around the world, including then-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe who called him his 'best friend'.

Best friends Bradley and Jermain. Credit: PA

We are absolutely thrilled to see the Foundation logo on the front of the shirts. The game has a very special meaning to myself and Carl and we are overwhelmed by the support we have received from Sunderland and Everton.

Gemma Lowery, Bradley's mum.
Bradley and Gemma Lowery. Credit: Family photo

“Bradley had a profound impact on our club and the wider football community. "Through the foundation which bears his name he will forever be remembered as a force for good and the we are honoured to be able to give our continued support to the Lowery family and the charity.”

Martin Bain, chief executive, Sunderland AFC

Sunderland AFC also revealed today that a special executive box at the Stadium of Light has been donated by the club to the Lowery family thisseason.

It is hoped that this will be used by other children who are facing their own medical challenges.