Boost for brave Becky

THE fundraising drive for little battler Becky Bell is still pushing on as the youngster prepares for another gruelling bout of treatment.

The seven-year-old has featured regularly in the Mail in recent weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer.

Town businessman Jamie Barnecutt, who runs North East Home Loans in Park Road, Hartlepool, set the ball rolling with an online appeal that raked in almost £6,000 to send the Rift House youngster on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris with her family.

Dozens of other fundraisers have taken place across the town, including a night at The Staincliffe Hotel organised by Seaton Carew-based taxi boss John Rogers, which offered a host of star-studded prizes, boosting the total to a staggering £19,000.

Becky and her family returned from their Disney dream at the weekend, and the brave youngster is now preparing for a tough six-month bout of chemotherapy as she continues her fight.

But the fundraising doesn’t stop there and Becky’s mum Julie, 40, is planning some more special treats in the weeks to come depending on how she responds to her treatment.

Julie said: “We are now preparing for her next spell of treatment, and to be honest we don’t know what to expect.

“We have been told it will be tough, but it remains to be seen whether she will be left flat out during her treatment, or still energetic like she was during her first bout of treatment.

“We hope to be going up to Newcastle Racecourse for a Halloween event later this month and it has been arranged to have a meet and greet with Stacey Solomon.

“We’d also love to be able to take Becky to Blackpool to see the illuminations, she’s never been there before.

“But as I say, it all depends on how she responds to the treatment, and we’ll have to get the ok from her doctors before we do anything.”

Becky’s funds were boosted this week by a £190 handover raised at the Mail’s recent wedding exhibition, which was held at The Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew.

Organiser Angie Whitfield, who works in the Mail’s advertising department, said; “We had 27 stallholders at the exhibition, and they all put up prizes for the raffle and then bought tickets along with members of the public who attended.

“We were grateful to everyone who supported the event, and were delighted to hand over the money to Becky. It goes without saying we wish her all the best for her next course of treatment.”

Julie added: “I’ve said it before, the support we have received has been unbelievable.

“We’ve tried to thank everybody who has organised raffles and fundraisers, but we are even getting people in the street giving us money and sweets and things like that for Becky.

“We know people don’t have a lot of money, so to have so much kindness shown to us by the people in and around Hartlepool really does mean a lot to us.”