‘Her bravery has been a personal inspiration’

Becky Bell

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THE headteacher at Becky’s school was quick to pay tribute to the brave youngster after hearing of her death yesterday.

Becky continued to attend lessons at Rift House Primary School throughout her treatment, and headteacher Jayne Laycock described her as “an inspiration”.

She said the seven-year-old’s friends would be supported when they return to class next week, and added that plans would be put in place to create a lasting memory of the popular youngster at the Masefield Road-based school.

Mrs Laycock said: “Our thoughts are with Becky’s family at this very sad time.

“Becky was a remarkably special little girl. She was bright, caring and always had a smile for everyone. Her bravery during her illness has been a personal inspiration.

“We will be supporting our pupils at this difficult time and will hold a special assembly to celebrate the many wonderful memories we have of Becky.

“We will always remember Becky’s sparkle and courage and will be finding an appropriate way to make a permanent tribute to her in our school.”

Mail editor Joy Yates, who along with her editorial team got to know Becky and her family well throughout her treatment, added: “We were all very saddened to hear the news about Becky, and it goes without saying that all of our thoughts are with her family at this time.

“It was an honour to work with Becky and tell her story. She won the hearts of not just the people in Hartlepool, but those of people from much further afield.

“She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.”

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