A DEVOTED mum is in the running for a Pride of Hartlepool award after raising £25,000 in memory of the daughter she lost aged just seven.
Julie Bell, 42, has been nominated for a Fundraiser of the Year trophy - by proud husband Mark Bell who hailed his wife as “amazing”.
Courageous Becky was seven when she tragically died at home two years ago this month, after a seven-month battle with cancer. She was so loved, she got the support of pop band JLS, and actress Amanda Holden during her fight.
Since her daughter’s death, mum Julie, of Thackeray Road in Hartlepool, has thrown herself into fundraising.
She said: “I do it for Becky. It keeps me going and it keeps me occupied when things are tough. It might be two years ago but it still seems like yesterday. Becky is there to push me along and I wanted to do something for the charities that were absolutely superb for us.”
Becky was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 after medics discovered a tumour the size of a golf ball on the stem of her brain.
A first course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy reduced the tumour by 80 per cent but in 2012, her family was told that doctors could do no more for Becky.
Julie has since raised money for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the children’s cancer ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Her husband Mark Bell, 38, - who works as a taxi controller - contacted the Mail to nominate his wife. He said: “Julie has raised nearly £25,000. I think that’s amazing after what she has been through and I am really proud of her.”
Julie’s fundraising efforts have been so impressive, she has been chosen as an ambassador for CLIC Sargent which helps children and young people with cancer.
Julie, who is also mum to Vicki Bell, 25 and Mark Bell, 13, said: “It is fantastic to be nominated. It is a lovely thing.”
We are already receiving an impressive list of nominations in this year’s competition but we want many more.
Once again, we aim celebrate the town’s unsung heroes.
We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.
From 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who have done their town proud.
Ten categories are open for entries and they are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.
You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year
for entry numbers – but we can only do that with your help.
Get those names in either by filling in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or click here to fill in the online entry form.
It’s easy to do and you could be putting someone within a step of a trophy.