Bradley Lowery’s family has requested people attending their son’s funeral wear football shirts to celebrate his life.
The six-year-old from Blackhall passed away on Friday in the arms of his mam and dad after a brave battle with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
Since the announcements thousands of tributes have been made, including from Bradley’s ‘best friend’ Jermain Defoe who posted a heartfelt message on his Twitter page ‘Goodbye my friend gonna miss you lots. I feel so blessed God brought you into my life and had some amazing moments with you and for that I’m so grateful’.
And this Friday, July 14, he will be laid to rest at St Joseph’s RC Church off the Coast Road.
The funeral starts at 11.15am and is open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley’s life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved.
A statement on the family’s Facebook page read: “Not everyone will fit in the church but they are having speakers for people to listen to the service outside and people can line the streets if they wish to do so.
“They will then be having invite only private ceremony at a crematorium.
“The family have requested for no media to be there unless they are not working and attending to pay their respects.
“You can wear what ever you want for the funeral but the family and friends have chosen the theme cancer has no colours. So they are wearing football tops it doesn’t matter what team or colour.
Due to Bradley’s popularity they would like family flowers only and if you would like to make a donation this can be made to the Bradley Lowery foundation.”
The family have asked members going to not request photos or autographs from other guests:
“Can I ask people not to approach anyone tomorrow for autographs or photos. Everyone is at the funeral to pay their respects and say goodbye.
Thank you for your cooperation and il try speak to as many as I can at the wake.”