Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Land Is Donated to Help Those like Bradley; Foundation Celebrates Securing Holiday Home Site

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Land Is Donated to Help Those like Bradley; Foundation Celebrates Securing Holiday Home Site

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Byline: JACK ELSOM Reporter jack.elsom@reachplc.com

THE Bradley Lowery Foundation will be given a PS50,000 plot of land for the building of a holiday home for sick children.

This week, Scarborough Borough Council's cabinet will approve the lease of an acre of vacant land to give the charity at no charge.

Bradley's battle with cancer captured our hearts as the ferocious Sunderland AFC supporter struck up a bond with striker Jermaine Defoe before he died in July 2017.

Six-year-old Bradley, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma as a toddler, appeared as a Black Cats mascot when it emerged his cancer was terminal in December 2016.

After he passed away last year, Bradley's mother Gemma, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, set up the foundation to support ill children.

The foundation contacted the council to find some land on which to build the children's home in Scarborough, which was the last place Bradley's family went on holiday before he died.

However, the council will offer the charity the lease at 'nil valuation' with a maximum annual rent of PS1. The report, which will be put before cabinet tomorrow, says it is giving the land free of charge to "facilitate the charity in its aim of providing a state-of-theart holiday home for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families".

Bradley mum It adds that it also aims "to promote and improve the health and social well-being of families with children suffering from life-threatening conditions, by enabling them to spend time on holiday in the borough, when they would not otherwise be in a position to do so."

The land, which is currently a grazing patch and a has a potential value of PS50,000, will be used to build a two-storey and five-bedroom house with a sensory garden, hot tub, sauna and pool.

In April this year when the foundation was planning the children's home, Gemma said that Scarborough "made us feel welcome". …

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