The parents of a boy who died aged six after a brave cancer battle which touched the nation’s hearts have revealed they are expecting another baby.
Bradley Lowery’s parents have announced their pregnancy joy after suffering the heartbreak of losing their beloved son four years ago.
Bradley died from childhood cancer neuroblastoma on 7 July 2017, aged just six, in the arms of his heartbroken mum and dad, Gemma and Carl.
During his ordeal he struck up a heartwarming friendship with former England striker Jermain Defoe.
Announcing the family’s special news publicly on the family’s Bradley Lowery Foundation social media pages, mum Gemma shared a sweet picture of a baby grow with a picture of the couple’s pregnancy scan.
The message on the tiny outfit reads: “Handpicked for Earth by my brother in Heaven.”
The couple wrote alongside the photo: “Now this decision didn’t come lightly, Carl and I have so much love to give, so after lots of conversations, I have some news to tell you…
“Baby Lowery number 3 on its way, we decided to start trying in January for a baby and it didn’t take long to see them two lines on the pregnancy stick.
“Bradley is going to be the best guardian angel to his little brother or sister.
“Myself Carl and Kieran are absolutely over the moon and very excited for November to meet our prince or princess.”
Well-wishers congratulated the couple, who live in Blackhall Colliery, Co Durham, over their joyful news.
The newest and littlest Lowery will join older brother Kieran, 18.
Recently, Defoe said he still thinks about Bradley every day.
The little boy formed a special bond with the former England and Tottemham player after appearing as a Sunderland mascot when the footballer was the Black Cats’ star player.
The tiny mascot walked out at Wembley alongside his hero when the striker was recalled to the England side.
Defoe would visit his biggest fan in hospital, and became his ‘best mate’ – even attending his sixth birthday party shortly before brave Bradley lost his fight.
Defoe later attended his funeral, which saw thousands line the Lowery family’s village’s streets.
The footballer, who now plays for Scottish Premiership club Rangers, still has pictures of Bradley in his house.
He said in January: “It’s four years since he died but there’s not a day that goes by when he’s not in my mind. Especially now with the lockdown.
“The time that you get at home when you sit and reflect about things.
“Of course, I think about Bradley. I still keep in contact with the family – I’m very close to them.”