THE loving family of tragic Becky Bell say the pain of losing the beautiful schoolgirl gets harder to deal with – on the day she would have been celebrating her eighth birthday.
Becky’s heartbroken mum, Julie, 41, says the family feel like they are in a bad dream and are just waiting to wake up, as they continue to grieve over the devastating loss of their princess in January this year.
Today, on what is Becky’s first birthday since she tragically lost her brave battle against brain cancer, her loving family were releasing 60 pink balloons into the air in her memory.
A memorial garden has been completed in the back garden of the family home, complete with a heartfelt message from Aston, a member of Becky’s favourite boyband JLS.
The message reads: “To Becky, with all my love always. JLS, Aston.”
Becky’s ashes are still in her bedroom at home, which is untouched from the day she peacefully passed away, surrounded by her loving family.
But by setting up the garden, Julie and Becky’s dad, Mark, say family will be able to leave flowers or other items in the Rift House Primary School pupil’s memory.
“It doesn’t get any easier to deal with, it never will, it’s getting harder,” said Julie, who praised Becky’s older brother, Mark, 12, for the way he has dealt with the ordeal.
“To be honest, it’s only little Mark that gets us through, he is doing so well, he has done from the very start.”
The family are marking Becky’s birthday exactly how she would have liked. Julie even bought a Gruffalo birthday cake, one of Becky’s favourite book characters.
On what is bound to be an extremely emotional weekend for the family, Mark and Mark will join around 30 family members and friends in running tomorrow’s Miles for Men race in Becky’s memory.
And Becky’s isn’t the only birthday this weekend as dad Mark turns 37 tomorrow, while her older sister Vicki is 24 on Monday.
The money raised by the family at tomorrow’s event will add to the thousands the family have already raised since Becky passed away, providing huge financial support for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent and ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Becky was treated.
The incredible efforts led to Clic Sargent asking Julie to become an ambassador for the charity.
“That was a real boost to be asked to do that,” said Julie who is set to start the role later this year.
“The fundraising has kept us busy over the past six months.
“Nothing can ever take our mind off it, we think about Becky every minute of every day, but the fundraising gives us something to target.”
Becky’s bravery touched the hearts of thousands of people throughout Hartlepool and beyond as she battled against cancer.
Despite her seven-month ordeal ending in tragedy, Becky lived her dream in her final months enjoying a trip to Disneyland Paris and chatting to JLS on Skype.
A touching tribute was paid to Becky at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards where she was remembered as Hartlepool’s Princess.