FIRST it was the turn of the girls – now the fellas are getting ready to lace up their trainers in memory of much-loved youngster Becky Bell.
Emotions will be running high as Becky’s dad, Mark, and older brother, also Mark, take part in Hartlepool’s very first Miles for Men race.
And to make the day even more special, the event on Sunday, August 19, is the day of Mark senior’s 36th birthday and the day after Becky’s eighth birthday.
The adorable Rift House Primary School youngster tragically lost her brave battle with brain cancer in January this year.
Ever since her devastating death, her loving family have dedicated their time and efforts to raising money in her memory, so far raking in more than £8,500 for Clic Sargent and Ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Becky was treated.
Becky’s mum, Julie, 41, and more than 30 family and friends took part in last month’s Race for Life, in Seaton Carew, where Julie also bravely stood on stage and told Becky’s heartwrenching story before getting the race underway.
Now, the two Marks will make up a team of 30 running in the men’s version of the race, helping to raise even more money in Becky’s memory.
Mark senior, a taxi driver, said: “All the girls had a brilliant time down at the Race for Life but the fellas wanted to do something as well.
“As soon as I saw that a similar event was being organised for blokes we signed up.”
Mark was also delighted that his son was able to take part.
He added: “He has been wanting to do something for Becky so this is perfect.”
“He’s doing the run and he’s going to do a bike ride as well.”
The four-mile fun run from Customs House, in Maritime Avenue, to Seaton Carew Cricket Club, is raising money for Hartlepool and District Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
It will get underway at noon.
Mark thanked Michael Day whose idea it was to organise the event for men in the town.
Michael arranged the charity fun run in memory of his dad and a close friend who both died of cancer.
“It’s a brilliant idea,” added Mark.
“I think it will really take off.
“We don’t really have an exact target of how much we want to raise.
“People have been absolutely marvellous with us and helped us to raise thousands so whatever we raise will be brilliant.”
Entry to the fun run costs £10.
To sign up call Michael Day on 07403239145 and to run in a Becky t-shirt call Mark on 07596767848.