Rival football fans host fundraising night for Bradley Lowery

Bradley Lowery travels down to London for his England mascot appearance.
Bradley Lowery travels down to London for his England mascot appearance.

Rival football fans have battled it out on the pitch to raise cash to fund vital treatment for cancer battler Bradley Lowery.

Sunderland and Newcastle supporters went head to head in a friendly match at Mariners Park - the home of South Shields Football Club.

The players put their soccer skills to the test in aid of five-year-old Bradley Lowery.

The youngster is currently fighting for his life against neuroblastoma and his battle has touched the hearts of people all over the country - in particular the footballing community.

The match was organised by brothers Damian and Stuart Pearce with winners Sunderland taking the game 7-5 and lifting the Harry Pearce Charity Shield, named after the brothers’ grandfather.

The event, which also included a raffle, helped raise £1,143 for the Bradley’s cause.

The atmopshere was fantastic and we had a really good turnout - people I didn’t even know come down to support us which was really nice.

Damian Pearce

Mr Pearce said: “The match went really well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

“The atmosphere was fantastic and we had a really good turnout - people I didn’t even know come down to support us which was really nice.”

Before the game, players held a one-minute silence for the victims of The Westminister Terror attack.

Their dad George Pearce said: “I’m really proud of Damian and Stuart for organising the game and also Hayley Pearce who put a lot of time and effort in.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported the event and to those donated raffle prizes.

“It was a very cold night but the game was played in a friendly manner with everyone enjoying themselves, It was an honour to present them with The Harry Pearce Charity Shield.”

The youngster from Blackhall, is battling cancer for a second time.

At the weekend he was mascot for the England team as they played Lithuania in the World Cup qualifier.

His fight against the disease has touched the hearts of the footballing community throughout the country.

In December his parents, Gemma and Carl, were told that - despite rounds of chemotherapy - his tumours have not shrunk, and the time they now have left to spend with their son is limited.

The aim of the latest drugs is to prolong the life of the young Sunderland fan.