Onesie walk remembers Hartlepool princess Becky Bell

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Fundraisers took part in a onsie walk to raise cash in memory of Hartlepool’s princess Becky Bell.

Her cousin Dylan Davidson, 12, came up with the idea for the fun walk to help the website set up by Becky’s family called ‘Keep Smiling for Becky’.

The youngster is ‘over the moon’ at the success of the walk which saw around 30 friends and family members dress in their onesies for the fundraiser.

The oneise-clad group walked from Seaton Clock Tower to the Seaton Reach complex, Coronation Drive, and back again.

The group carried charity buckets to raise funds for the website whcih was set up in memory of Becky, who tragically died of cancer in 2012.

Dylan’s nana Sue Marsey, a carer, said: “It went really well. The walk was all Dylan’s idea - he decided that we would do it and he is over the moon at the turn out. We carried donation buckets along the way and raised £237 and more donations are coming in.”

Becky Bell in her princess Dress. Picture By FRANK REID

Becky Bell in her princess Dress. Picture By FRANK REID

Dylan is now well on target to raise £250 from the walk - the amount the fund aims to give each child to carry out their last wishes.

The Keep Smiling for Becky website offers grants to help make special memories or give financial help to families of terminally ill children aged four to 16 in the North East.

Becky’s family state on the site: “Our Angel is the driving force behind this, which motivates us to help others who are in the same position as we were and its our goal to raise as much money as possible to help those families when its needed most.”

Mrs Marsey added: “That’s what Dylan wanted to do, he wanted to help at least one child. He is really excited about it and we are thinking of making it an annual event-but maybe when the weather is better!”

Becky Bell’s mum Julie Bell said the event was ‘brilliant’ and is looking forward to the next fundraising event in January.

“It was brilliant,” she said, “I went along and there was a mix of friends and family of all ages.”

A fundraising night featuring band Leroy Johnson and The Flicks, will take place on January 30 at the Catholic Club.

Tickets are £4 and can be reserved by calling Julie on 07927225542 and for more information visit www.keepsmilingforbecky.com