Bradley Lowery’s mum denies she’s ‘living luxury lifestyle on charity money’ after being targeted by trolls

Bradley Lowery’s heartbroken mum has denied she’s “living a luxury lifestyle on charity money” after being targeted by cruel trolls.

The Bradley Foundation was set up to continue the legacy of the Sunderland superfan who lost his fight against neuroblastoma last year at the age of six.

In a passionate Facebook post on Thursday afternoon, the charity defended itself against social media claims relating to the misuse of funds raised in Bradley’s name, reports Chronicle Live .

One highlighted comment suggested the Lowery family were enjoying a “luxury lifestyle” and suggested “the truth will be out soon”.

Gemma said all money donated in Bradley's name was given to the charity
Gemma said all money donated in Bradley’s name was given to the charity

Bradley’s mum Gemma hit back at the accusations and said all the money raised in her son’s name was given 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.”

Gemma said the charity will release the results of their audit
Gemma said the charity will release the results of their audit

The Foundation’s lengthy response also revealed the charity is in the process of its annual audit and the results 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 on the money raised until the annual audit is completed.

The charity have been inundated with cruel messages
The charity have been inundated with cruel messages

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The accounts will show funds 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.

Sunderland superfan Bradley with his pal Jermain Defoe in December 2016
Sunderland superfan Bradley with his pal Jermain Defoe in December 2016

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“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.”

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