Bradley Lowery’s parents accept a BBC SPOTY award for their son’s bravery


by Emma Dodds |
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Jermaine Defoe has spoken out about his friend Bradley Lowery who received a posthumous award at last night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Jermaine, who plays football for Sunderland, became close to six-year-old Bradley during the final months as he battled terminal neuroblastoma.

The little lad, who passed away in July this year, was a lifelong fan of the Sunderland team, and he and his family worked tirelessly to raise money for his treatment and raise awareness of the illness which only 67% of sufferers survive.

WATCH: The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards remembers Bradley Lowery

Bradley was posthumously awarded the Helen Rollason Award, given out for achievement in the face of adversity, and is in memory of BBC presenter Helen who passed away after a battle with cancer in 1999.

Bradley's parents, Gemma and Carl, went on stage to collect the award on behalf of their son, as Gemma told the audience: "The nation took him into their hearts and he raised so much awareness for childhood cancer, it's unbelievable.

"I'm so proud of him. To continue that, we've set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation because we want to continue the good work that he did."

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Jermaine became close to the Lowery family in the months before Bradley's death, even visiting him at his home as he battled the illness.

Unfortunately, he couldn't attend the awards last night, but he spoke to Lorraine this morning.

He said: "The ending was really sad for myself and the family. To see Gemma and Carl stand up there last night and receive the award on Bradley’s behalf, it was a special night for sure.

"There’s not a day that goes past that I don’t think about little Brads. He was that character. Despite all the pains and stuff he was going through, he always cracked that cute smile. He was a lovely kid."

Bradley Lowery, Jermaine Defoe
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He added: "It’s so difficult as an adult to watch a child go through something like that. It does put things in perspective in life and you don’t want to take anything for granted, for sure."

Bradley attended last year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards as their guest of honour after coming to the attention of the BBC following an appearance as the mascot at the Stadium of Light.

RIP Bradley <3

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