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Bradley Lowery's family have made his funeral an open invitation

Six-year-old Bradley Lowery passed away on Friday after a long but brave battle with neuroblastoma cancer

The whole country was devastated on Friday by the news of Bradley Lowery's passing.

Little Bradley captured the hearts of the nation with his infectious smile and love for life.

His determination to fight a terminal cancer diagnosis is inspirational, and many will remember him forever - especially international footballer Jermain Defoe, who became close to Bradley and his family after the little lad was a mascot for his club, Sunderland FC.

Bradley passed away on Friday (Credit: Facebook/ Bradley Lowery's Fight Against Neuroblastoma)

His family, who run the Bradley Lowery's Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page, have announced that Bradley's funeral will take place on Friday - and it's an open invitation to anyone who wishes to attend.

Writing on the page, they announced: "Bradley's funeral will be held on Friday 14th of July, starting 11:15am 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."

WATCH:Bradley Lowery thanks his fans for his birthday presents from his hospital bed

"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.

"You can wear what ever 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."

Bradley was very close to footballer Jermain Defoe (Credit: Facebook/ Bradley Lowery's Fight Against Neuroblastoma)

If you would like to donate to Bradley's cause, you can donate here.

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