A FUNDRAISING night in support of a brave youngster battling cancer raised a staggering £4,500.
The Staincliffe, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, was packed to the rafters as people turned out in force to help brave cancer victim Becky Bell.
The night featured a star-studded list of prizes in an auction and people also got the chance to enjoy a disco and the music of The Style Selektors.
Town businessman John Rodgers organised the event for the seven-year-old and was delighted with the outcome.
He was hoping to raise around £2,000 so was over the moon when the fundraising total more than doubled that figure.
“It was a fantastic night,” said John, who runs JJ’s Taxis.
“Everybody seemed to enjoy it, and to raise that much to help Becky was brilliant,”
The auction on the night, which included prizes pledged by celebrities Gordon Ramsay, Amanda Holden, Joe Calzaghe and Kelly Brook, proved very popular.
Money was also donated by Tracy and Gary Downes, the parents of Bradley Downes who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2009.
A group of Norweigan contractors were also touched by Becky’s story and donated £300.
Becky’s parents, Julie, 35, and Mark, 40, also received a shirt signed by Hartlepool United players who wore it ahead of a league match earlier this year.
All of the money raised will go to Becky and help in her battle against brain cancer.
The Rift House Primary School pupil had her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed earlier this year.
She has already undergone six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and after a break will start an intense six-month course of treatment to try and reduce a tumour the size of a golf ball.
Residents throughout Hartlepool and east Durham have raised more than £19,000 for the brave youngster, which has gone towards a dream trip to Disneyland Paris.
Julie and Mark have been taken aback by the huge support and said they are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated and organised events.