To my darling princess Becky i love u all the world u r my life i wish we were't going thru this awful time but we r and i'll be by your side always, love u more than u well ever know my special princess lots of love mammy xxxxxxxx
Message from Daddy
I miss u loads my darling princess just wish I could have one more minute so I could give u a big kiss and cuddle I love u all the world babes sleep tight love daddy xxx
Published Hartlepool Mail on Saturday 28 January 2012 (Dominic Shaw)
IT is the way Becky Bell will always be remembered – as a princess. The adorable youngster had her life cut tragically short. But yesterday, in an emotional funeral service, it was clear to see just how many people have been touched by Becky’s infectious attitude in the last seven years. Her Disney-themed coffin arrived at St Aidan’s Church, in Hartlepool, in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage which was truly fit for a princess. Printed on the side of the white coffin were the words, Princess Becky – brought into a packed church to the sound of Beauty and the Beast, her favourite Disney song.
And staring out at the hundreds of people who had the pleasure of knowing the inspiring youngster was her beaming smile, a photograph shown on a big screen of Becky as a princess bridesmaid just months ago. A smile that will forever be remembered in the minds of thousands. Becky always wanted to be a princess. And despite brain cancer tragically cutting her life short, the beautiful youngster got the opportunity to live her dream. Only standing room was left in the church as hundreds, touched by Becky’s brave battle, paid their final respects. Everyone wore a touch of pink in memory of beautiful Becky.
Tears rolled down the eyes of the family, friends, neighbours, nurses, teachers and residents as a photograph slideshow was shown to the church. In every single photo Becky was smiling. In the background played one of her favourite songs, Never Say Never by Justin Bieber.
In a heartfelt tribute, Father Peter Atherton said: “Becky’s bravery, courage and happy, smiling, cheeky face will stay with thousands of people for ever, as will her attitude to life. “Becky was a unique little girl, nobody has ever been like her before and nobody will be like her again. “We can only imagine the pain and heartache Becky’s family are feeling right now but she will look over them and realise just how lucky she was to have such a loving and caring family. “Becky has gone to the perfect place, no pain and no suffering.”
Becky’s devastated parents, Julie, 40, and Mark, 36, older brother, Mark, 11, and sister Vicki, 23, were joined by dozens of family members, whose lives will never be the same without the adorable youngster.
The nurses who have cared for Becky over the last seven months said a final farewell to the girl they grew so close too. Natalie Marshall, Becky’s oncology nurse, read out the poem, Do not stand at my grave and weep.
The service started with the hymn, This Little Light of Mine. It finished with the hymn, Lord of the Dance, sang beautifully by Becky’s friends at Rift House Primary School and played out in the church on CD. Becky’s auntie Sue read a moving poem in memory of the youngster. It finished with the words: “Becky was so special, she filled our world with love and now she is the brightest star, our special angel up above.”
Sunday Sun 29th January 2012 (Ruth Lawson)
PARENTS of cancer victim Becky Bell have spoken of their pride at the tributes pouring in from all corners of the world.
The family of the brave seven-year-old have been inundated with messages of condolence from family, friends and those who followed Becky’s struggle over the last six months, including stars such as JLS, Justin Bieber and Amanda Holden. Mark and Julie, who also have two other children, Vicki, 23, and Mark, 11, have been overwhelmed at the support they have received from not just those close to them but also from the wider community.
“It’s been unbelievable, there’s been all sorts of messages of support coming in,” said Mark. “It went worldwide on Twitter and apparently it was one of the most mentioned subjects on one day. “There have also been lots of tributes from people like JLS and Justin Bieber as well.” He added: “Hearing things like that makes us really proud.”
The tributes continued to flow in following Becky’s funeral at St Aiden’s Church in Hartlepool on Friday, where hundreds gathered to say a final goodbye to the plucky youngster who lost her battle against a brain tumour last week. Mark and Julie, 40, were keen to ensure their little girl’s funeral reflected everything she encapsulated in her life and said it was an obvious choice to make it princess-themed. Mark, 36, said: “We asked everyone to wear pink and I heard that the town pretty much sold out of pink ties, which all the men were buying, and pink scarves for the ladies. “We’ve had so much support in the run-up to the funeral, with so many people popping in helping us get everything sorted and, as expected, there was a massive turnout.”
Family friend John Rogers, who spearheaded the online campaign to get Becky’s story heard, said he has been shocked by the number of people who have contacted him on Facebook and Twitter since news of the Rift House Primary School pupil’s death spread. The 44-year-old said: “There have been so many condolence messages through Facebook and Twitter, too many for me to put on the Becky Bell website. “There’s been one from Amanda Holden, one from Joe Calzaghe, so many stars who have been following Becky’s fight.”
The taxi driver, also of Hartlepool, said following Becky’s cancer battle has been an emotional rollercoaster. He said: “It really hit me as I’m a parent myself and I have known Becky since she born. “I’ve got a little girl who is four and I remember when Mark first told me about Becky’s diagnosis, the first thing I did was go and wake my girl up and give her a hug and a kiss.” John said the funeral was as beautiful as Becky was in life. He added: “Becky was dressed as a princess in a pink princess coffin. “There was white horses and a white carriage. “Although it was a celebration of Becky’s life, it was also a very emotional and heartbreaking day.”
Becky died on Friday, January 20, following a six-month fight against a brain tumour. After her diagnosis in July, an initial operation went well and she immediately began chemotherapy and radiotherapy in an attempt to shrink the tumour. Her parents were given a glimmer of hope as the tumour was found to have reduced in size by 80%.
However, three weeks ago the family were given the devastating news that doctors could do no more to help her, giving her just weeks to live. When news of her illness initially spread around the community, hundreds of people pulled together to raise £19,000 to pay for her to go on a dream holiday to Disneyland Paris.
Friday 27th January 2012, 12:15pm
Becky was given a Princess Funeral.
Friday 20th January 2012, 12:50pm
After a 7 month battle, Sadly, Becky passed away today, no more suffering, no more pain.
Becky has had her treatment stopped as it is no longer having an effect on the tumour. Her brave battle continues.