A LOVING dad is lacing up his trainers for a gruelling challenge in memory of tragic Becky Bell.
Stuart Hansen, 37, will clamber his way around the north Pennines when he takes on the 25 mile Allendale Challenge next month.
It’s the first time the dad-of-two has taken on the marathon mulit-terrain effort but he will do so with the story of inspirational Becky driving him on.
Stuart’s daughter, Chloe, eight, was a class friend of Becky’s at Rift House Primary School, in the town.
Stuart, like thousands of other people across Hartlepool, was devastated to read and follow the story of Becky and her battle against brain cancer which she sadly lost last month.
The car parts manufacturer was touched by Becky’s bravery and now plans to complete the walk next month in support of Clic Sargent, a children’s cancer charity which supported Becky throughout her ordeal.
Stuart, who lives in Shaw Grove, in Hartlepool, with partner Michelle Crompton, 33, a nurse, and their two children Chloe Hansen, eight, and Sophie Hansen, five, said: “When I found out about Becky I wanted to raise some money in support.
“I saw that Becky’s parents were asking donations to be directed to Clic Sargent so I decided to do the walk.
“To read about what Becky went through when you have a daughter of the same age, it really does hit home.
“She seemed incredibly brave throughout it all, a real inspiration.”
Stuart says he has been affected by cancer on a number of occasions over the past two years so any charity supporting the illness is close to his heart.
He was hoping to raise around £700 for the cause when he signed up for the walk but generous residents have already got behind the challenge and donated more than £1,000.
Stuart says he is expecting the 25 mile walk to prove extremely challenging but is confident he will complete it without any problems.
“I have been doing quite a bit of walking,” he added.
“I live near Summerhill so I have been walking round there and I take the dog out walking a lot.
“It will be very hard going but I think I will complete it fine.”
To support Stuart in his challenge visit http://www.justgiving.com/S-Hansen.