Jermain Defoe is to be named North East Personality of the Year at the North East Football Writers' Association Awards for his friendship with Bradley Lowery.
Defoe was playing for Sunderland when he met Bradley, who was a mascot for one of their matches. The pair formed a strong friendship with Defoe spending a lot of time with Bradley before his death from neuroblastoma.
The award is given in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and recognises someone who uses their position in football to benefit the wider community.
Bradley's mum, Gemma, personally added the finishing touches to his award by blowing on the glass.
Lady Elsie, widow of Sir Bobby Robson, said Defoe was the obvious choice for this year's award.
Changes had to be made to this year's supplier of the awards. Normally they were supplied by Colin Verne-Jones from Durham trophies but he passed away from cancer.
The decision was made to source the awards from another local supplier, the National Glass Centre.
Colin Young, secretary of the North East Football Writers' Association, said it was fitting to have Gemma add the finishing touches to the award.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham on 25th February.