An early Christmas present for brave Becky

Sunderland players Stephane Sessegnon, Michael Turner and David Vaughan with Becky Bell on a visit to the Great North Children's Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary''in Newcastle

Sunderland players Stephane Sessegnon, Michael Turner and David Vaughan with Becky Bell on a visit to the Great North Children's Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary''in Newcastle

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BRAVE Becky Bell was given an early festive treat when a group of Sunderland stars visited her in hospital.

Becky, seven, who is courageously battling against brain cancer, was only at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle for a one day-check up – but it turned into a special day for the youngster when the SAFC players turned up.

Stephane Sessegnon, David Vaughan, John O’Shea, Seb Larsson, and Michael Turner took the time to visit the ward at the RVI on Friday.

And that was not all, as Becky was also given a Christmas goody bag and two tickets for an upcoming Sunderland league game.

Mum Julie, 40, said: “It was a lovely treat for Becky.

“We didn’t know anything about it, Santa came around and spoke to all of the children and then not long after the footballers turned up.

“They were absolutely brilliant.”

The visit was a great way to cap off a good week for Becky, as on Thursday she was able to take part in the Christmas play at Rift House Primary School.

Julie and husband Mark, 36, are now extremely hopeful their brave daughter will be well enough to spend Christmas at home with her family.

“She was supposed to be starting her next course of treatment on Christmas Eve, but the doctor agreed to put it back a few days so she will start just before the new year,” added Julie.

“Becky is doing brilliantly, she hasn’t been too well the last couple of weeks so we went to hospital on Friday just for a check up but it was fine.”

Adorable Becky was diagnosed with the cancer earlier this year after medics detected a tumor the size of a golf ball in her brain.

She immediately underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before a well-deserved break.

The family then received a huge boost when a scan showed that the tumor had shrunk by a huge 80 per cent.

Becky is now in the middle of her second course of treatment.

Kind-hearted residents in Hartlepool have shown huge support for the battling youngster, raising nearly £20,000 which went towards a dream trip to Disneyland Paris for the family earlier this year.