THE dedicated family of much-loved youngster Becky Bell cycled their way to raising even more money in her memory.
Becky’s older brother, Mark, 12, rounded up his fellow family members for a sponsored bike ride on Sunday morning on the Hart to Haswell walkway.
The loving family turned out in force and raised around £200 for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent – taking the family’s fundraising total to the £9,000 mark since Becky tragically lost her battle with brain cancer nine months ago, aged just seven years old.
Becky’s mum, Julie Bell, 41, who took part in the ride alongside Becky’s dad, Mark, 36, said: “We have raised £200 so far but donations are still coming in so it might be even more.
“It was a brilliant morning and little Mark absolutely loved it, he did so well to organise it with his uncle Pod.”
As well as receiving entry fees and sponsorship money from those who took part in the ride, Julie, who is also a mum of Vicki, 23, revealed they were given various donations from kind-hearted people who didn’t even take part.
“Quite a lot of people didn’t have bikes but still wanted to help us raise money which is lovely,” she said.
Julie, Mark, Mark and George Bell, who is known as uncle Pod, were joined on the bike ride by relatives Craig and Aiden Cullen, Dylan Davidson, Peter Skinner, Amy Thompson and Becky’s granddad Terry Hitchen.
Julie was today due to hand over the cash to a representative from Clic Sargent.
The family have raised around £4,000 for the cause since they started their fundraising drive – along with a further £5,000 for ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Becky was treated during her seven-month ordeal.
“We are just over the moon with how generous people have been,” added Julie.
“We had no idea the fundraising would take off like it has done. People who we don’t even know have been getting involved.”
As reported previously in the Mail, Julie is now set to take up an ambassador role for Clic Sargent and is set to raise even more for the cause in the near future.