Becky set for dream trip

Becky Bell
Becky Bell

BEAMING Becky Bell is set for the trip of a lifetime.

The seven-year-old is counting down the days until she gets to rub shoulders with all of the princesses at Disneyland Paris.

After four gruelling weeks of treatment to try and reduce the size of a cancerous tumour in her brain, adorable Becky is now all smiles as she gets ready for the perfect break with her loving family.

Generous residents in Hartlepool have raised a staggering £19,000 to send Becky on her dream break – and the donations are still coming in.

Town businessman Jamie Barnecutt, who runs Park Road-based North East Home Loans, set the ball rolling with an online pledge page that raked in almost £6,000.

Several other local fundraisers quickly jumped on board, arranging various events such as fundays and raffles, while Mariner’s fish and chip restaurant in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre arranged a ‘name the teddy bear’ competition which raised £205.

Another event takes place at The Staincliffe in Seaton Carew this evening, with a disco and auction set up by taxi boss John Rogers backed by a host of prizes donated by some of the biggest names in showbiz.

After doctors gave the Rift House Primary School pupil the green-light to make the trip, preparations began.

“Becky can’t wait now,” said mum Julie, 35.

“She is so excited, she has always wanted to go to Disneyland, this is just a dream come true for her.”

Becky along with Julie, dad Mark, 40, brother Mark, 11, and older sister Vicki, 22, will enjoy two-days in London before making the trip to Paris.

While they are in the capital they will take in Shrek The Musical in the West End, and the family will also get the chance to meet Amanda Holden, who is starring as Princess Fiona.

They will then get the Eurostar to Paris, where they will spend five days in a luxury hotel on the Disneyland site.

Julie added: “It’s going to be lovely, Becky has been so brave going through her treatment so far, we are so proud of her and she deserves this.

“We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received.

“Our family and friends have been fantastic organising events, but we have also had huge help from people who we didn’t even know.

“Everyone has helped to make Becky’s dream trip a reality.

“The trip is exactly what she wanted.”

After a break from treatment, Becky will start an intense six-month period of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She was diagnosed with brain cancer in July this year after suffering with bad bouts of sickness and headaches.

As soon as her family received the devastating diagnosis, they started planning the trip to Disney.

“It’s what was getting Becky through the treatment, the thought of going to Disney,” added Julie.