Hundreds gather to remember little Becky

Becky Bell in her princess Dress. Picture By FRANK REID
Becky Bell in her princess Dress. Picture By FRANK REID

TRAGIC youngster Becky Bell was remembered by hundreds as a packed-out memorial event raised £2,200.

A little over two years after Becky lost her devastating battle with brain cancer, her loving family organised the memorial night in support of CLIC Sargent.

The children’s cancer charity supported Becky through the ordeal before her tragic death in January 2012 and her family have since raised more than £25,000 for CLIC and ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

And that total has been boosted again after kind-hearted fundraisers dipped into their pockets and ensured the memorial night for Becky was a huge success.

Belle Vue Sports and Social Club, in Kendal Road, was a sell-out as fundraisers packed in and enjoyed the night.

Popular Barnsley-based band Here’s Johnny, who headed north to perform at the memorial for the second successive year, were on top form and got everyone up on their feet dancing.

And everyone who turned out helped to ensure the raffles and auctions raked in hundreds and added to the impressive total.

Once costs for the evening have been paid, all of the cash will then be donated to CLIC Sargent.

Becky’s parents Julie, 43, and Mark, 38, thanked everyone who turned out on the night and helped to make the event another success.

Julie, also a mum of Vicki, 25, and Mark, 13, said: “As I’ve said in the past, every time we organise an event the support we get is amazing.

“We have had incredible support from day one and the memorial event was brilliant.

“We had a really good night, everyone did.”

Julie is now an ambassador for CLIC Sargent and has been nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award thanks to her fantastic fundraising efforts.

She added: “The pain of losing Becky will never get any easier for us, but the more we can raise for the charity which has done so much to help Becky and our family the better.

“It’s our way of saying thanks and all of the money can help to support youngsters and families who go through what we have been through.

“I’ll definitely be doing plenty more over the next year and we will be organising another memorial next year.”