In memory of our pal Becky

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SCHOOL friends of Hartlepool’s princess Becky Bell wore pink for the day and shared their happy memories in remembrance of the adorable youngster.

A remembrance corner is being set up at Rift House Primary School, in Masefield Road, Hartlepool, where Becky was a popular pupil before her life was tragically taken after a battle with brain cancer.

A book of remembrance was only brought into school yesterday morning but by lunchtime was already filling up as youngsters looked back on happy times they shared with Becky.

School staff had given the children the choice of what they wanted to do in memory of Becky. They chose to all wear pink – the favourite colour of the much-loved seven-year-old.

Becky’s mum, Julie, 41, expressed her huge thanks to the school and said staff and pupils have been brilliant since the heartbreaking ordeal began in July, last year and sadly ended when Becky passed away in January.

Her plight touched the hearts of the entire community and a touching tribute was played in honour of Becky at the recent Pride of Hartlepool awards.

Julie, who is married to Mark, 36, and is also mum of Mark, 12, and Vicki, 23, said: “Becky would have loved to have seen it, it’s the way she would have wanted it.”

As well as sharing their memories and wearing pink, youngsters at the school also donated cash on the day.

The money will all go to children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent and ward 14 at Newcastle’s RVI hospital, the choice of Becky’s loving family.

The exact amount was still being checked but donations are thought to have totalled around £200.

Jayne Laycock, headteacher at Rift House Primary School, said yesterday proved how much Becky means to the pupils at the school.

Mrs Laycock said: “Becky will always mean so much to everyone at the school and the children decided that they wanted to do this.

“It is a very sensitive subject but we still want to talk about Becky and to share all of the happy memories the children had with her.

“We have our remembrance book and we were letting children out of their lessons so they could go and write their memories of Becky.”

As well as the remembrance book, the school is going to display a plaque in memory of Becky and photographs in the school hall.

Becky’s mum Julie added: “On behalf of me and Mark I want to say a big thank you.

“The school has been absolutely brilliant, staff visited Becky when she wasn’t able to make it into school and even now the school still involves me.

“For all the kids to wear pink in memory of Becky is brilliant, she would have loved it.”