He’s best known for the cheeky grin that lights up his face, but last night, five year old neuroblastoma patient Bradley Lowery did some lighting up of his own as he turned on the County Hall roundabout Christmas lights.
The Blackhall boy joined council chairman, Cllr Edward Bell and Santa Claus himself, to push the button and officially illuminate the trees on the County Hall roundabout and outside the building.
Bradley is currently undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma for the second time in his short life. He was originally diagnosed at just two years old and was declared in remission last year, but this summer the cancer returned and the five-year old has been having treatment since.
Bradley’s mum, Gemma Lowery, said: “Bradley is a very fun loving, sociable little boy and he loves superheroes and playing with his dogs. He takes everything in his stride and deals with whatever is thrown at him with a smile on his face.”
The little boy was raring to go as he met the chairman and Santa Claus for the countdown and switch on and even took a shine to the chairman’s medal – which he wore for the rest of the event!
Cllr Bell, said: “It was wonderful to meet this brave little lad who has gone through so much but still manages to smile. He’s such a popular youngster who has touched so many people’s hearts and you can see why when you meet him, he’s a joy and it was wonderful to have him here to turn the lights on for us.”
After receiving small gifts from the chairman and Santa Claus, Bradley said: “I loved switching the lights on because I got to wear Edward’s medal and I got to press the big button and make all the lights come on. And then I gave Santa a hug and told him what I want for Christmas – but he already knew because he’s magic!”
Bradley’s family are trying to raise £700,000 to fund potentially life-saving treatment for him in the USA. To support his appeal visit www.chasethewind.co.uk