Hairdressers donate £500 in memory of Hartlepool’s princess Becky Bell

Julie Bell (front right) who runs the Keep Smiling for Becky fundraising website in memory of her daughter Becky who died from cancer, with staff from 'House ov Hair' (correct) in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, who have sponsored the chairty with �500. Seated left is manager Samantha Rollinson and l-r are Rebecca Sinclair, Melissa O'Neill, Claire McKintosh and Mollie Armstrong.

Julie Bell (front right) who runs the Keep Smiling for Becky fundraising website in memory of her daughter Becky who died from cancer, with staff from 'House ov Hair' (correct) in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, who have sponsored the chairty with �500. Seated left is manager Samantha Rollinson and l-r are Rebecca Sinclair, Melissa O'Neill, Claire McKintosh and Mollie Armstrong.

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A generous hairdresser’s has backed a fund set up in memory of Hartlepool’s princess Becky Bell.

‘House ov Hair’ in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, has become the official sponsor of charitable organisation Keep Smiling for Becky – set up in memory of seven-year-old Becky Bell, who died of cancer in 2012.

Becky Bell in her princess dress.

Becky Bell in her princess dress.

Community fundrasing website Keep Smiling For Becky supports children at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, with similar life-threatening conditions.

Courageous Becky, known as the family’s ‘princess’, died after losing a seven-month fight against cancer.

Since then, her family and friends have raised thousands of pounds for charities, such as Cancer Research UK and CLIC Sargent, in her memory.

Diagnosed with cancer in July 2011, thousands of pounds were raised from all walks of life across the town–helping to send her and her family on a dream trip to Disneyland Paris.

Hundreds attended the seven-year-old’s funeral when she died in January 2012, and her family have kept her memory alive with a series of fundraisers for various cancer charities since her death.

That fundraising will now continue through a new website, keepsmilingforbecky.com, thanks to the £500 sponsorship from the local hairdressers who wanted to support the cause in future fundraising.

All money raised goes towards helping families going through the same ordeal as Becky’s did. The long-term aim of the family is to eventually set up a registered charity in Becky’s name.

The organisation offers grants to help make special memories or financial help to families in the North East of England, for children aged between four and 16 years with a terminal diagnosis and receiving palliative care.

Julie said: “ I am thrilled with the £500 towards the charity. The hairdressers heard about our cause and wanted to help. We are holding a big charity evening in January and they are going to help with that by selling tickets and with prizes.”

House ov Hair manager Sam Rollinson, 28, from Clavering, said: “We like to support local charities and the owner of the shop Christoper Wood knows Julie, Becky’s mum, so we thought it was a good one to get behind.“

The next fundraising night is January 30 at the Catholic Club with disco from 7pm until 11.30pm. For more details, log on to http://www.keepsmilingforbecky.com/