Brave Becky loses cancer fight

Becky Bell
Becky Bell

HUNDREDS of heartfelt tributes have been paid to brave Becky Bell after she lost her fight for life.

In an unprecedented wave of emotion, almost 500 messages of condolence were left for the Hartlepool schoolgirl within hours of the news of her death.

The courageous seven-year-old tragically died at home yesterday afternoon after a seven-month battle with cancer.

Her devastated parents, Julie, 40, and Mark, 36, said an emotional goodbye to their “princess”.

Julie said: “To my beautiful princess Becky, mammy loves you more than you will ever know.

“My heart is breaking for you my darling.

“You rest in peace now my sweetheart.”

One tribute came from actress Amanda Holden, who has offered her support to Becky’s family.

Amanda, who spent time with Becky when the family enjoyed a trip to London to watch her perform on the West End, said: “I am so terribly sorry to hear that awful news. My thoughts are with the whole family.”

Mark, who along with Julie and the family stayed incredibly strong throughout the ordeal, said: “Becky is our princess, she has been so, so brave throughout it all.

“We treasured every moment with our angel.

“Despite everything she was so positive, her smile and the memories will stay with us all forever.”

Sister Vicki said: “Totally perfect. Never seen anything so beautiful in my life. RIP my baby girl and stay close to me always. I need you forever. I love you Beck.”

Becky’s tragic story touched the people of Hartlepool, and her adorable smile will stay in the mind of thousands.

She was diagnosed with cancer in July last year after medics discovered a tumour the size of a golf ball on the stem of her brain.

Despite short-lived joy for the family when scans revealed her first course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy had reduced the tumour by 80 per cent, Julie and Mark had to be told what no parents should have to hear only two weeks ago – that doctors could do no more for Becky.

The youngster was given just six weeks to live.

But yesterday, surrounded by her loving family at her home, Becky sadly passed away.

The way the courageous youngster dealt with the ordeal was inspirational.

Despite intense treatment and a continuous battle against the pain, Becky never stopped smiling.

Just two days before her death she laughed and joked with her family and nurses as they spent the afternoon getting their nails painted and making handprints.

And earlier this week Becky was also granted one of her dream wishes when pop band JLS performed to her live from their studio via web-based phone provider Skype.

Despite battling the disease, Becky has had the opportunities to live her childhood dreams in recent months.

Generous residents, touched by her tragic story, raised thousands of pounds in support of Becky.

That money helped the youngster and her family enjoy a trip to Disneyland Paris last year when Becky joined in with the parade as a Disney princess.

On returning from her dream trip, the Rift House Primary School pupil said it was the best week of her life.

Julie, also a mum to Vicki, 23, and Mark, 11, added: “We will never forget Becky’s smile and joy when she walked as a princess in the parade.

“That’s all she has ever wanted.

“The memories of Disney, JLS and everything else which made Becky so happy will stay with us forever.

“She lived her dream as a Disney princess, now we will say goodbye to our princess.”

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