BEAMING Becky Bell is a real life brave heart.
The youngster stepped on stage in front of hundreds of people yesterday as she received an award for her immense courage in battling against a brain tumour.
Seven-year-old Becky was one of the stars of the show as she joined more than 30 youngsters from across the region to receive a Brave Heart award.
The adorable youngster wore her favourite princess dress for the occasion, which she bought from Disneyland Paris during her dream trip to France last month.
Becky beamed with joy as she got into a limousine for a five-star ride to Newcastle United FC’s St James’s Park.
There, her parents, Julie and Mark, older sister Vicki, 23, and brother Mark, 11, watched with immense pride as she was honoured for her incredible bravery.
For Julie, 40, and Mark, 36, the day made a special occasion even more touching as yesterday they celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary.
After an emotional ceremony, Julie told the Mail: “It was lovely, absolutely fantastic. Becky absolutely loved it. We all got a limousine ride there and back and she got to wear her favourite princess dress.
“She looked absolutely beautiful.
“We were so proud when she walked on stage.”
Becky received her award from television newsreader Carol Malia. She also got the opportunity to meet Newcastle United footballer Mike Williamson.
As well as receiving her award, the youngster was also given an iPhone 4S.
The annual Brave Heart awards are held to honour the bravery and courage of the region’s most deserving and inspirational children.
Jim Knight, a Brave Hearts trustee, said: “You don’t get an award like this for being ill, you get it for showing immense spirit and that’s exactly what Becky has done.
“Her nominees told us that Becky has always shown huge courage in overcoming her fear of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is always smiling on the ward.
“It’s that overcoming of adversity which is inspirational to others.”
The Rift House Primary School pupil’s story and incredible bravery have featured in the Mail over the past months.
Her young life was turned upside down when medics discovered a tumour the size of a golf ball.
She underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before a well-earned four-week break.
Becky and her family enjoyed a dream trip to Disneyland Paris after generous residents raised £19,000.
On her return, medics revealed to Becky’s delighted family that her brain tumour had shrunk by a massive 80 per cent, an unexpected boost.
Her second course of intensive treatment is now under way.