Bradley Lowery: Thousands raised for charity after Sunderland fan allegedly mocked at football game

Thousands of pounds has been raised for a charity set up in memory of a young football fan who died from cancer, after he appeared to be mocked at a match.

Dale Houghton, 31, has been charged with a public order offence and a 27-year-old man has been released on police bail after a phone appearing to show Bradley Lowery's face was held up after Sheffield Wednesday's 3-0 Championship defeat to Sunderland on Friday.

Some £11,115 has been raised for The Bradley Lowery Foundation as of Sunday evening by the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Women's Supporters' Group.

They set up a GoFundMe page on Saturday and it has now smashed its initial £5,000 target.

The funds will go towards a holiday home that the foundation is building in Scarborough, which it referred to as Super Brads Pad.

Earlier on Sunday, Lynn Murphy, co-founder of the foundation, told Sky News the support from fans and the club has been "absolutely amazing".

She said the holiday home will be able to support bereaved families and children who are going through hospital treatment.

A pair of football boots signed by Sunderland defender, Daniel Ballard, are also being auctioned off on the foundation's website.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter) the foundation said it was "overwhelmed" by the support and wanted to thank everyone who has contacted the charity to condemn the behaviour at the game.

Bradley's parents Carl and Gemma Lowery were visited by Durham Police after receiving multiple calls and messages regarding the photos.

The six-year-old suffered from rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma diagnosed when he was just 18-months-old. He died in 2017.

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He was a mascot for England and Sunderland and struck up a close friendship with striker Jermain Defoe, who called him his "best mate".

"Bradley brought the football community together, his campaign brought rivalries together from all around the world," Ms Murphy told Sky News.

"He went through some gruelling treatments, but he always did it with a smile on his face, and that smile is the thing that everyone remembers him for."