Today marks one year since the six-year-old, from Blackhall, passed away following a brave fight with neuroblastoma cancer. In the 12 months since his death, his family and friends have worked hard to set up the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which works to support other children through fundraising and awareness campaigns.
Posting on the Bradley Lowery Foundation Facebook page today, Gemma paid tribute to her son and the legacy he has left behind. She also called on her little angel to back England today as they prepare to face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals. Kick-off is at 3pm.
She said: "I can’t believe it has been one year since I last had a cuddle, since I last looked and touched your beautiful face and felt your breath. One year ago today my whole world was turned upside down and my heart broke forever.
"Lots of people commend me on the good work I am doing for the charity and helping others, but this would not [have] been possible if it wasn’t for my special little boy who the nation fell in love with and who raised so much awareness for childhood cancer. "So Bradley thank you ... thank you for [being] an amazing son, thank you for everything you achieved when you were on this earth and making me and your daddy the proudest parents in the world. Thank you for giving me the strength to carry on and continue the legacy you created.
"Now my little angel make sure you are with our boys in Russia and help them win."
In 2017, Bradley Lowery took to the pitch at Wembley alongside best friend Jermain Defoe, who then played for Sunderland, as a mascot for England in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. A lucky charm, the Three Lions went on to win 2-0.
Today, the side have pledged to win the game for Bradley and give his family a result to be proud of.
The tweet, sent from England's official Twitter account (@England) said: "We'll always remember having Bradley lead us out against Lithuania.
"That was an big win on our journey to the World Cup, and he was definitely our inspiration that day. We'll have Bradley in our thoughts today, and we hope that the Three Lions give you a result to be proud of."