Best feet forward for Becky

Mark Bell with the money he raised from a charity walk he organised in memory of sister Becky Bell
Mark Bell with the money he raised from a charity walk he organised in memory of sister Becky Bell

A CARING youngster led the way on a walk in his beloved sister’s memory.

More than 40 friends and family of tragic Becky Bell, who lost her brave cancer fight in 2012, raised memory in her name in the event at Hartlepool’s Summerhill Country Walk yesterday.

The event, which raised £230, was the idea of her brother Mark, 14.

The money will go towards the setting up of a new website in Becky’s name which will help other families going through hard times.

Just a week earlier he took part in Hartlepool’s third annual Miles For Men cancer run.

Mark’s proud mam Julie, 43, of Thackeray Road, Hartlepool, thanked everyone who turned out yesterday.

She said: “It means a lot to have you here to raise money for Becky’s website.

“It is an excellent cause.”

Julie, who lives with husband Mark, 38, a taxi driver, added: “We are really proud of our son and think it is really good what he has done for Becky.”

Mark, who attends English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, collected £5 from everyone who supported the charity event.

He 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.”

Friends and family took part, including mums with young children and those who took along their dogs.

May wore T-shirts with a photo of beaming Becky on the front.

Julie said the website Keep Smiling For Becky will help to support children at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, with similar life-threatening conditions.

Courageous Becky, known as the family’s ‘princess’, died aged just seven, after losing a seven-month fight against cancer.

Since then, her family and friends have raised thousands of pounds for charities, such as Cancer Research UK and CLIC Sargent, in her memory.

Julie said the website is due to be up and running later this week.