Local care home provider Orchard Care Homes, which operates five specialist homes in Sunderland, was the primary sponsor for The Bradley Lowery Cup 2021 football match, in support of the fight against rare forms of childhood illnesses.
The Bradley Lowery Foundation was established in August 2017 after six-year-old Bradley Lowery lost his fight to Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer.
The charity aims to support families who are fundraising for treatment or equipment, for all illnesses and conditions, which are not readily available or covered by the NHS.
This year, The Bradley Lowery annual football fundraiser was in aid of six-year-old Oliver from Sunderland. Earlier this year, Oliver was diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma and is currently undergoing frontline treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Unfortunately, Neuroblastoma has a high relapse rate meaning there is a high risk that Oliver’s cancer will return again in the future.
The football match, which took place on 14th August at Silksworth Sports Complex in Sunderland, aimed to raise £230,000 for a vaccine, only available abroad, which is designed to reduce the chances of Oliver’s cancer returning.
Orchard’s CFO, Deborah Johnson and Operations Director for North East, Jackie Murray, also attended the football match to share the support of the wider organisation and see the players in their newly designed, Orchard Care Homes sponsored kits.
Hayden Knight, CEO of Orchard Care Homes commented on the sponsorship and said “Orchard Care Homes is proud to be the principal event sponsor for 2021. We pride ourselves on being at the heart of the community and what better way to show that than to support such a heart-warming cause.”