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Celebrities and athletes are lining up to support cancer research via a remarkable program which urges relatives and friends of young cancer patients or survivors to nominate their young heroes for recognition as a ‘Little Star.’

Lewis Hamilton, Leona Lewis, Dr Who actor David Tennant, Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson are all supporting the campaign to find “Little Stars” from across the region who have courageously battled against cancer.

The Little Star Awards are given out by Cancer Research UK and partner TK Maxx. There in no panel of judges awarding Little Star’s because they believe each and every child who confronts cancer is extra special. This means that everyone nominated will receive a £100 TK Maxx voucher, a chrome trophy and a certificate signed by celebrities from TV, music and sport.

Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for the West Midlands, said: “The Little Star Awards are now in their sixth year and allow us to recognize the unique challenges faced by youngsters diagnosed with cancer and salute their courage. We are delighted that recipients will this year have £100 to spend on toys, books or fashion as part of TK Maxx’s wider commitment to supporting children with cancer.”

Jo Murphy, TK Maxx’s head of corporate social responsibility, said: “The Little Star Awards are a fantastic way of recognizing the courage of children who face a diagnosis of cancer and the support they receive from families and friends. We’ve supported Cancer Research UK since 2004 and are very pleased to be involved this year.”

The awards are open to children under-17 who have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years. To nominate email littlestar@cancer.org.uk or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/littlestar.

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