Bradley Lowrey, the terminally ill six year old, was paid a visit by Jermaine Defoe after his family held a party for him as his condition continues to deteriorate.

Bradley had asked for a get together with his cousins and friends, before Jermaine Defoe came by to give his young super fan farewell cuddles.

Pictures posted by his family on Facebook show the footballer holding Bradley as he falls asleep.

The gathering comes after his family revealed the young mans health was deteriorating and he was struggling to breath.

At the beginning of June his family said he had just ‘weeks’ to live and they believe this was a way of Bradley saying goodbye to his loved ones.

Sportsman Defoe, 34, has become great friends with Bradley and his mother Gemma after he was a mascot for Sunderland Football Club this season.

Defoe said he wanted to ‘spend as much time as possible’ with little Bradley after learning he was getting worse.

Writing to Facebook, his family wrote: ‘Bradley is very weak and finding breathing difficult but he is fighting it.’

They posted: ‘He insisted on having a party and he invited his cousins and ‘girlfriend’ Poppy yesterday.

‘They all laid on the bed having cuddles I think it was his way of saying his good byes. Late last night his best friend Jermain come to visit him and it was so heart warming seeing how Bradley reacted.

‘He was so happy and laid for ages getting cuddles. Bradley was really relaxed with him.’

Bradley, from County Durham, has become figure of bravery around the world as people follow his fight with a rare from of cancer online.

A warning posted on Friday warned people of fake pages, including JustGiving pages, created in his name.

Earlier last week an update informed well-wishers that the youngsters condition was ‘deteriorating fast’. His family have used social media to update people on his condition.

Let season Bradley was a mascot for Sunderland on many occasions where he struck up the amazing friendship with Defoe.

When England played Lithuania at Wembley, he was a mascot and his ‘best friend’ scored a goal in his comeback game.

With the majority of people being supportive towards him, his mother revealed she received comments from people asking ‘when Bradley was going to die’.

Recently his Facebook page has confirmed there wake fake accounts set up in his name!

In a post to his Facebook page, the family wrote: ‘We have been made aware of fake pages created in Bradley’s name to gain likes and even have JustGiving pages linked to them, please be vigilant.

‘Thank you for your continued support and when the time comes it will be put on Bradley’s official Facebook (here) and twitter before anywhere else.’

His family thanked the genuine followers and supporters, who leave hundreds of emotional comments a day.

In one post, a woman wrote: ‘What a incredible child he’s my little hero. Jermaine Defoe is an absolute gentleman and exceptional guy. If only love was a cure he would have been saved a million times over. There’s only one Bradley Lowery.’

Another added: ‘Heart goes out to everyone but what a man Jermain is truly inspiring and wish there was others like him and not just out for the celeb publicity status. Keep fighting little man everyone is so proud of you.’

His mother, Gemma, revealed that he was still fighting ‘in true Bradley style’.

She posted in a Facebook update: ‘Bradley is very weak now but is still fighting on in true Bradley style. He will only go when he decides. Xxx’

Sadly, Bradley has a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. Last week his classmates from Blackhall Colliery Primary School, performed a beautiful rendition of the song Smile for little Bradley.

The song has already reached the top 10 of the iTunes chart with the help of local sister act Liv ‘n’ G.

After confirming his move to Bournemouth, Defoe said:  ‘Away from football the relationship I’ve managed to develop with Bradley and what I’ve brought to his life and what he’s brought to mine has been really special,’ he added.

‘It’s just been sad to see him go through what he has been and he’s only six. But I still feel blessed that I’m able to be in his life.

‘I’ve got so many great memories and moments that I have shared with him that will probably stay with me for the rest of my life now. So I’m just grateful for that.’

Defoe admitted that he ‘didn’t really know what to say’ when he heard the news that Bradley only just weeks left to live.

‘Every day I wake up and I will text his mum and ask how he is getting on and she will say he’s OK. But the reality is that he’s really struggling,’ he added.

‘All I can do is try and be there for him and the family. When I finish with England I’ll try and get up there again before I go away.

‘I want to try and spend as much time with him as possible.’