THE smiling face of Becky Bell will forever be remembered in Hartlepool – and now her school friends have shared their memories in a beautiful new display.
After Becky tragically lost her brave seven-month battle with brain cancer at the start of this year, her teachers and fellow pupils at Rift House Primary School, Hartlepool, immediately decided to set up a “memory corner” in tribute to the seven-year-old.
Pupils designed pictures to be displayed on the wall while every child at the school shared their memories of Becky and wrote touching messages in a specially-designed book.
Beautiful photographs of beaming Becky make up the display as well as a plaque in memory of the youngster, who had her life cruelly cut short in January this year.
Becky’s loving parents Julie, 41, and Mark, 35, and her brave younger brother, Mark, 12, visited the school, in Masefield Road, yesterday for the unveiling of the tribute.
Mark, a taxi driver, said: “It’s a lovely touch by the school, yet again it makes us so proud of our Becky.
“It looks absolutely lovely.
“The school have been brilliant with us through everything.”
Jayne Laycock, headteacher at the school, said: “When Becky was poorly nobody at the school ever believed that she wouldn’t get better.
“What happened was absolutely terrible, truly tragic and we wanted to show just how important and how loved Becky was here at Rift House.
“Not a day goes past where we don’t have children looking at this and reading through the memories.
“Becky is awfully missed here, she always will be.”
The school is now planning an outdoor classroom to be opened at the start of the new term to be called Becky’s Classroom.
Mrs Laycock added: “Becky loved school, she loved education and she loved her fellow pupils.
“This is another chance for everyone at the school to remember the impact she had when she was here.”
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