SOME of the biggest names in showbiz are getting behind an appeal to help battling Hartlepool youngster Becky Bell.
The seven-year-old is tackling brain cancer and has been undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy to try and reduce the size of a tumour after being diagnosed last month.
Since Becky’s story appeared in the Mail, thousands of pounds has been raked in through various fundraisers to send her on a dream trip to Disneyland Paris.
And now stars such as Amanda Holden, Gordon Ramsay and Tamsin Outhwaite have all thrown their weight behind the brave youngster’s fight.
Doctors have given her the green light to make the trip to see Mickey Mouse and his pals during a break in her treatment, and her family are now making arrangements to finalise the trip.
But the goodwill doesn’t end there and local businessman John Rogers is determined to continue raising as much as he can to help the Rift House youngster.
John, who runs JJ’s Taxis and lives in Seaton Carew with wife Joanne and daughter Lilli-Jo, four, said; “I’ve known Becky’s dad Mark for years, and as a parent myself I cannot begin to imagine what the family are going through.
“There have been lots of fundraisers taking place and I just wanted to do what I can to help.”
As well as arranging a fund-raising night at The Staincliffe Hotel, in Seaton Carew, later this month, John, 44, has spent hours on his computer trying to drum up support for Becky,
He sent messages on Twitter to various celebrities and has been delighted with the response.
“Amanda Holden retweeted me saying she was touched by the story and was sure she could do something to help,” added John.
“Within half an hour, I got an email from Amanda’s management team inviting the family to the West End to see the Shrek show, which Amanda has been starring in.
“Gordon Ramsey sent a message saying he was thinking of Becky, and wanted an address to send something to, and there was a similar message from Tamsin Outhwaite. The response has been fantastic.”
John is hoping the celebrities will be able to donate prizes to be used in a raffle and auction at The Staincliffe event, which takes place on Friday, September 30.
Local firms have also stumped up prizes, including The Staincliffe which is offering a weekend stay, Faithless Ink, in York Road, which is offering £300-worth of tattooing, Poppadoms restaurant, and town-based car cleaning firm Premier Valeting.
Local band The Style Selektors have agreed to perform on the night free of charge, and John is hoping there will be a healthy turnout at the event.
He added: “It would be great to have the place packed out for Becky.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, but I’m confident it will go well.
“The support so far has been brilliant, and hopefully that will continue.
“The prizes are coming in thick and fast, and all I need now is someone to act as the compere for the evening and to do the auction.”
Tickets for the event are £4, and are available from John on 07775905778.
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