THE mum of tragic youngster Becky Bell has expressed her “huge thanks” after charity shop workers donated £3,500 in support of children battling cancer.
Becky’s parents, Julie, 41, and Mark, 35, have been raising cash for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent and Ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary since their seven-year-old daughter lost her battle with brain cancer in January this year.
The loving couple are helping the hospital in their bid to fund new specialist 3D televisions, which youngsters who are suffering with eyesight problems due to cancer, can watch and enjoy.
Julie, who is also mum of Vicki, 23, and Mark, 12, was taken aback after the women at the Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street, revealed they had raised the impressive amount of cash.
A shocked but delighted Julie told the Hartlepool Mail: “It’s absolutely unbelievable.
“The nurses at the hospital will be over the moon, it’s a huge amount to donate.”
All of the money handed over will go to the hospital, which, along with cash raised at a recent fundraising event organised by Julie and Mark, will be enough to buy one of the specialist televisions, which cost £5,000 each.
Julie added: “This sort of money will make a huge difference.
“I can’t thank the ladies enough, it’s just incredible.”
The fantastic work of the women at the charity shop has raised thousands of pounds for various charities including Macmillan Nurses and the Hartlepool branch of the RNLI as well as the town’s Springwell Primary School.
Sheila Boagey, who works in the shop, said: “We read about Becky and her heartbreaking story and straight away we said we wanted to donate some money.
“Julie is a lovely and very brave lady.
“We are happy to be able to help out in any way we can.”
Thousands of people throughout Hartlepool and beyond were touched by Becky’s immense bravery throughout her seven-month ordeal with cancer.
The youngster’s smile never left her face in her final months as she enjoyed her dream trip to Disneyland Paris and spoke with her favourite group JLS on the internet.
Julie and nearly 30 others will this weekend lace up their trainers and compete in Hartlepool’s Race for Life in memory of the Rift House Primary School pupil.
Meanwhile, the kind-hearted ladies in the Murray Street charity shop are now asking residents for any donations.
Clothes, shoes and bric-a-brac will all be gratefully accepted.