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THE loving mum of tragic Becky Bell will join thousands of people in this year’s Race for Life in memory of Hartlepool’s Princess.

As well as taking part in the huge fundraiser, Julie Bell has expressed her “immense pride” after being asked to officially start the race and address the thousands of fundraisers and tell them Becky’s tragic story.

Julie, 41, admitted she had to fight tears after bosses at Cancer Research UK got in touch and asked her if she would be interested in doing a speech telling Becky’s heartbreaking tale before getting the race underway.

She will then join 13 dedicated family and friends in completing the 5k event – all in memory of beautiful Becky who tragically lost her battle with brain cancer in January this year.

The story of brave Becky touched thousands of people in Hartlepool and beyond.

Despite a devastating ordeal including gruelling treatment lasting seven months the schoolgirl never once stopped smiling.

And Julie said Becky will be looking down with that smile etched across her face when hundreds of women take part in the race in June this year.

“Becky would love every minute of it,” said Julie, who is also a mum of Vicki, 23, and Mark, 12, and is married to Mark, 35.

“We decided to do the race in memory of Becky and we are all going to wear T-shirts with Becky’s face on.

“But then I got a call out of the blue asking me to speak about Becky’s story on the day of the race to thousands of people and to start off the race.

“I’m so proud to be asked, I was over the moon.

“I had tears in my eyes when I came off the phone.”

Julie will be joined by family and friends Nicola Anderson, Sarah Raw, Clair Bloor, Kirsty Bell, Gemma Wilson, Lauren Diamond, Emma Cullen, Hannah Ord, Claire Martin, Lisa Martin, Joanne Rogers, Kimberley Bell and Melissa Wardle at this year’s event, which will be held at Seaton Carew on Sunday, June 24.

Race For Life organisers were delighted that Julie chose to take part in the event and then agreed to officially start the race.

Claire Wase, Cancer Research UK’s North East events manager, said: “We’re honoured that Julie has agreed to start off the women at the Hartlepool race this year in memory of her daughter Becky.

“I’m sure her touching story will inspire women across Hartlepool and the North East to take part in a Race for Life event this summer.”

Last year 1,426 women laced up their trainers and took part in the race raising an incredible £69,641.

This year organisers are hoping for even better and targeting 1,500 entries hopefully breaking the £72,000 fundraising total.

To sign up for this year’s race visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.

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