THE stars are continuing to come out in aid of brave Hartlepool youngster Becky Bell.
As reported in the Mail last week, Amanda Holden and Gordon Ramsey had both vowed to do what they could to help after reading about the plight of seven-year-old Becky, who is battling brain cancer.
Local businessman John Rogers, who runs town-based JJ’s Taxis, has arranged a charity night to boost the fundraising drive for Becky and her family, and has been spreading the word across the web via Twitter to try and drum up some support.
After revealing how Britain’s Got Talent star Amanda and celebrity chef Gordon had pledged support last week, John has been delighted to get more messages from the showbiz world over the last few days.
Dragons’ Den tycoon Duncan Bannatyne flashed a good luck message to Becky on Twitter, while former boxer Joe Calzaghe has promised to send some signed photos to be auctioned off at the fundraising event at The Staincliffe, in Seaton Carew, next Friday.
Thoughtful messages have also been posted on Twitter from Liverpool FC, magician Paul Daniels, BBC radio DJ Edith Bowman and model Tamara Eccleston.
Ritchie Humphreys, James Poole and Micky Barron sent messages from Hartlepool United, while former Celtic and Wales striker John Hartson – who successfully battled cancer himself – also said he was thinking of Becky.
John, who lives in Seaton Carew with wife Joanne and four-year-old daughter Lilli-Jo and is pals with Becky’s dad Mark, said: “We’re getting closer to the event now, and the support has been brilliant.
“It’s great to see so many famous faces backing Becky, I know her story has touched the hearts of the people in Hartlepool but the response we have had through Twitter shows a lot of people care.”
Becky has been undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy to try and reduce the size of a tumour after being diagnosed last month.
Thousands of pounds have been raised through various fundraisers to send her on a dream trip to Disneyland Paris, and it is hoped that next week’s event at The Staincliffe will help boost the coffers.
An appeal kicked off online by businessman Jamie Barnecutt, who runs North East Home Loans in Park Road, has raked in a staggering £5,800 so far, while various fundraisers across town have also had cash pouring in.
That has helped pay for Becky and her family to go on an adventure-filled trip to Disneyland, Paris, in France next month.
She will enjoy a week-long holiday, including two days in London, with her family including nan and granddad Gina and Terry Hitchen and great-nana Daisy Bell.
Mum Julie said: “She is really excited and can’t wait.
“She is looking forward to seeing her favourite characters like Tangled, Cinderella and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.”
Becky will also see Shrek the Musical after star of the show Amanda Holden gave the family tickets.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge has also asked to meet Becky after the show.
Becky is on a four-week break from hospital treatment and enjoyed her first day back at Rift House Primary School on Wednesday.
Julie added: “We are so grateful for the support we have received.”
Tickets for the event at The Staincliffe, on Friday, September 30, are £4 and are available from John on 07775 905778.