Mark’s giant steps for his tragic sister Becky

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WHILE most teenagers are spending their summer holidays playing the latest computer games, the brother of a tragic cancer victim is putting his efforts into helping families coping with the disease.

Mark Bell was left devastated when his beloved sister Becky, seven, lost her brave cancer fight back in 2012.

Mark, who still struggles to contain his emotions when talking about his much-missed sister, has decided to his bit to help others as a way of saying “thank you” to all of the people who rallied around him and his family in their darkest days.

Mark, 14, who is preparing to start Year 10 at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in September, has arranged a sponsored walk around Summerhill Country Park. And the youngster hopes as many people as possible will turn out to help him raise cash for families who find themselves in the same position as the Bells did.

Mark said: “I just wanted to do something to help people.

“When Becky was poorly we had a lot of people helping us. Even though Becky isn’t here now, I can do something to help other people because it is not nice.

“We all miss her loads, but we can do things like this in her memory.”

Mark is asking people to gather at Summerhill, off Catcote Road, at 11am on Sunday, August 3.

He is asking people to pay him £5 to take part in the walk, which will be a gentle stroll around the walkway around the park.

He added: “People don’t need to get sponsored or anything like that, it’s just £5 to enter and it would be great if we could get lots of people there to raise as much as we can to help the families going through what we did.

“Anyone can take part of any age, they can be pushed in wheelchairs or pushchairs, people can take their dog with them, I just want it to be for everybody.” Mark’s mum Julie cannot hide her pride for her son, and says arranging the event himself has helped him cope with Becky’s loss.

Julie, 43, who lives with Mark and her husband, also called Mark, 38, a taxi driver, in Thackeray Road, said: “He has bad days, and sometimes it just all comes pouring out.

“Becky’s death hit us all really hard, especially Mark. He loved his sister so much.

“When he came up with this idea, he was determined to make it a success.”

Julie, who has another daughter, Vicki, added: “I can’t tell you how proud of him I am.”

Becky was described as Hartlepool’s ‘Princess’ when news of her illness broke.

Dozens of fundraising events took place to help her through her treatment, and the Mail’s website was flooded with more than 500 messages of condolence when she lost her seven-month battle.

To take part in the walk, meet at Summerhill ahead of the 11am start, or contact Julie on 07927225542.

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