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Dancing on Ice star Amy Tinkler says Bradley Lowery was ‘inspiration’ as she becomes charity patron

A Dancing on Ice star and Olympic gymnast medallist is the newest patron of the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Durham-born Amy Tinkler met Bradley at the Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony in 2016, where the pair immediately formed a friendship.

Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, spent much of the evening following his new friend around the arena.

Sunderland fan Bradley loved all types of sports, his favourite being football and he supported Sunderland AFC, and was posthumously given The Helen Rollason award at the 2017 Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Bradley captured hearts around the globe as he bravely battled neuroblastoma – a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer which claimed his life in 2017.

Now 21-year-old and Olympic Bronze medallist has become patron of the Bradley Lowery Foundation which was set up by his mum, Gemma Lowery, as a lasting legacy for her little boy.

Amy joins BBC Dragons Den’s Sara Davies and Bradley’s best friend, footballer Jermain Defoe as patrons of the charity.

Amy won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a World Medal, three European Medals and ten British titles for her floor exercise gymnastics skills and worked her way into the heart of the nation during her recent time on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

Amy Tinkler, Olympic medallist and new patron for the Bradley Lowery Foundation, said: “I met Bradley at Sports Personality in 2016 and formed an instant bond with him and his family.

“Bradley was an inspiration to me, my family and the whole country and it is with great honour and excitement that I agreed to represent his charity as patron.

“I can’t wait to start fundraising this month, and to be involved in the exciting projects and events throughout the year.”

Gemma Lowery, founder and CEO of the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Bradley’s mum, said: “I decided to ask Amy to become a patron because her and Bradley had an amazing connection from the moment they met at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

“It’s really important to us now, as a charity, to develop the relationships Bradley made when he was with us. I know Bradley would have loved for us to be working with her.

“The last twelve months have been difficult for charities everywhere, with fundraising events cancelled because of the pandemic. But we are incredibly excited for the future and to have Amy on board as we continue to support families around the country.”

Since being established, the Bradley Lowery Foundation has raised more than £3 million for dozens of poorly children across the UK; established a dedicated support line for the families of children with cancer; donated over £200Ks to researching childhood cancers and campaigned for new drugs to be introduced in the UK.

It is currently developing plans to build a holiday home in Scarborough for families to enjoy breaks and make new memories as they battle with childhood illnesses.

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