AROUND 30 family and friends of beloved Becky Bell who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year joined together in her memory in yesterday’s Miles for Men run.
The close-knit family pulled together to support the new event just a day after marking what would have been Becky’s eighth birthday by releasing 60 pink balloons and creating a memorial garden at their Hartlepool home.
Dad Mark ran the three-mile course to help raise money in his daughter’s memory on his 37th birthday.
After crossing the finishing line, he said: “It’s been an emotional day, but we got through it.
“It has been good being here. It should be done annually in my opinion.
“I think we have raised over £1,000 between us for Cancer Research.”
Before the start of the race, Becky’s uncle George Bell, made a heartfelt speech to the crowd.
He praised the support the family has received since losing Becky to a brain tumour earlier this year and also Michael Day for coming up with the idea for the run.
George said: “The people of Hartlepool have been absolutely fantastic, they really have and we really appreciate it.
“Everybody will probably have their own story. I’m sure people will have lost people through this terrible disease.
“It doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t matter what colour you are, what age you are it comes.
“It needs people like you who are raising money for different cancer charities so that hopefully one day we will find a cure for it.”
Family members and friends ran the route in white T-shirts with a photo of brave Becky giving a thumbs up.
Her family, including parents Mark and Julie, marked her birthday on Saturday by releasing 60 pink balloons into the air in her memory.
It came after the completion of a memorial garden at their Hartlepool home which includes a message from JLS boyband member Aston who Becky loved.
Since her loss, the family have raised thousands of pounds in Becky’s memory for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and Ward 14 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where she was treated.
A touching tribute was paid to Becky at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards where she was remembered as Hartlepool’s Princess.