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Sunday 24th September 2017

Bradley Lowery's generous family make his funeral open to everyone

It will be an open celebration of his life

Hundreds of thousands of people pledged their support to Bradley Lowery and his family as he battled neuroblastoma.

The six-year-old's fight came to an end of Friday when he died peacefully in his parents' arms.

Bradley with his parents (Credit: Wenn)

Now they have offered everyone an opportunity to say goodbye and pay their respects to their incredible man at this funeral this Friday.

They shared details on Facebook, alongside a heartfelt message.

It explained: "Bradley's funeral will be held on Friday 14th of July, starting 11:15 at St. Josephs R.C. Church, Coast Road, Blackhall colliery, TS27 4HW.

"This 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.

"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.

This is open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley's life.

"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.

Bradley, pictured with Jermain Defoe, was a big football fan (Credit: Wenn)

"You can wear whatever 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 is now trying to raise half a million pounds for Bradley's foundation, and if anyone would like to donate, they can do so at www.chasethewind.co.uk

Bradley had been suffering from cancer since the age of 18 months and had won over the nation with his irrepressible positivity and joy for life, despite his struggle.

Jermain and Bradley struck up a wonderful friendship (Credit: ITV)

He struck up an incredible friendship with Jermain Defoe after acting as a mascot at a Sunderland FC game.

The footballer posted a beautiful tribute to his young pal at the weekend, honouring his remarkable spirit.

Jermain shared this collage with his tribute (Credit: Twitter)

"Goodbye my friend gonna miss u lots. I feel so blessed God brought u into my life and had some amazing moments with u and for that I'm so grateful."

Going on to say: "Your courage and bravery will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life."

He ended the message: "I will always carry you in my heart. Sleep tight little one. My best friend."

Gary Lineker, Piers Morgan, Scarlett Moffatt and Jacqueline Jossa were among those who also took to Twitter to express their sadness that the wee mite had passed on.

Bradley was diagnosed with the aggressive disease when he was just 18 months old.

As time went on tumours spread through his chest, lungs, lymph nodes, bone and bone marrow.

Sadly, in spite of major surgery and gruelling chemotherapy he wasn't able to beat the cancer.