Bradley Lowery and his family will attend the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday Credit: Aintree Racecourse

Terminally-ill youngster Bradley Lowery will be named as the 41st rider in Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree, in a bid raise more awareness for his condition.

The 5-year-old was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 18-months-old. He beat the condition and was in remission, but the disease returned last year. Bradley has been taken under the wing of the football world, leading out his beloved Sunderland and the England national side on multiple occasions.

But now bosses at Aintree are helping to support Bradley and his family with an unprecedented 41st spot on the Grand National racecard.

Bradley Lowery will be on the race card in his beloved red & white stripes of Sunderland Credit: Aintree Racecourse

In the graphic, Bradley’s red and white silks match his beloved football team, Sunderland FC. His age is listed (5) and his date of birth of 17th May is given in place of the weight a horse carries is normally featured (17-5).

His jockey is listed as his brother Kieran, while England striker Jermaine Defoe appears as his trainer. Defoe has visited the 5-year-old on numerous occasions and has grown close to the Lowery family.

We’re thrilled to be coming to Aintree for the first time and really appreciate everything that everyone is doing for Bradley and us. He is very excited about the big day. It is fantastic so many people will get the chance to learn about Bradley’s fight.

– GEMMA LOWERY, BRADLEY’S MUM

Bradley Lowery’s story is one that has already touched the hearts of millions of people but we need to help him to raise greater awareness and fundraising for the fight against Neuroblastoma. Where better to do that than through the people’s race?

If we can be part of the solution in even a small way that would make me very proud and I’m sure the British public will get behind Bradley’s fight. He’s a really inspirational little boy who deserves all the help we can give him.

– JOHN BAKER, NORTH WEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR JOCKEY CLUB RACECOURSES

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