Bradley Lowery’s mother slams trolls accusing her of living ‘luxury lifestyle’
Bradley Lowery’s heartbroken mother has slammed trolls accusing her of living a life of ‘luxury’ on money raised for her inspirational son.
The Bradley Lowery Foundation was established to continue the legacy of the Sunderland superfan who lost his fight against neuroblastoma last year – aged just six.
In a passionate Facebook post on Thursday afternoon, the charity defended itself against social media claims about the misuse of funds raised in Bradley’s name.
One highlighted comment suggested the Lowery family were enjoying a ‘luxury lifestyle’ and suggested ‘the truth will be out soon’.
Bradley Lowery and his mother Gemma Lowery. The Bradley Lowery Foundation was established to continue the legacy of the Sunderland superfan
The Bradley Lowery Foundation has put out a statement hitting back at trolls who claim the family is living a luxury lifestyle
Bradley Lowery, pictured aged five, when he was team mascot before a premier league game between Sunderland and Chelsea played at the Stadium of Light in December 2016
Comments online have been targeting the charity which was set up to continue the legacy of the six-year-old superfan
But mother Gemma has hit back at the accusations made and emphasised all of the money raised for her son’s fight has been donated to the Foundation.
She said: ‘We have had a few people writing silly comments saying the charity money is not going to the charity.
‘Anybody in their right mind knows every penny donated to charity stays with the charity. Everything that was raised for Bradley, we donated it all.
‘I don’t think they realise everything that goes on behind the scenes.
‘People don’t know we’re sometimes up till midnight messaging parents about treatment options. ‘It’s a shame we have to justify ourselves when we are working 16-17 hour days.’
The Foundation’s lengthy response also revealed the charity was in the process of its annual audit, the results of which will be published online.
Gemma, from Blackhall Colliery, added: ‘We are getting punished because we have not published everything we do with the money.
‘They will be free for every single person to look at.’
Lynn Murphy, head of communications and fundraising with the Foundation, confirmed the charity will not have a definitive figure raised until the annual audit is completed.
Bradley Lowery in his England kit prior to the World Cup qualifying match between England and Lithuania, played at Wembley Stadium
The accounts will reflect a sum was spent on four rounds of last-ditch rounds of immunotherapy treatment for Bradley in the last months of his life.
Lynn said the Foundation received numerous trolling messages, but the accusation of a ‘luxury lifestyle’ prompted the charity to respond.
She added: ‘Cremating a child is not a life of luxury, it’s a life of torment and grief.
Gemma’s emotional state at this time is not great – she should not have to put up with these messages.
‘We have had messages from every single one of the families we have worked with saying how sorry we are we have to go through this.
‘We thank everyone in the local community for their support. These comments are few and far between.
‘The most heartbreaking thing is this post is someone who has gone through the same situation as Gemma.
‘The Foundation is not about us, it’s about raising awareness for these children and their illnesses.
‘Bradley did all of this, we’re just helping to carry it on..’
Football-mad Bradley shared a special bond with former Spurs and England superstar Jermain Defoe, in what was one of the most touching stories in football last year.
Bradley passed away, surrounded by his family on July 7 last year and Defoe later attended his funeral.