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A host of British celebrities gathered at London Zoo last week to bring a bit of joy to sick children at Cancer Research UK's Little Star Awards.

Kara Tointon and Little Stars
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The Little Star Awards celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Celebrities who attended include: X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon; former EastEnders star Kara Tointon; winner of Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’ Akai, and Blue Peter presenters past and present Konnie Huq and Andy Akinwolere.

Blue Peter presenters past and present Konnie Huq and Andy Akinwolere.
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21 ill children were invited to the event as Little Star ambassadors. The Cancer Research UK Little Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, are open to all under-17s who have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years.

Unlike other children’s awards, there is no judging panel because Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx believe that every child who confronts cancer is extra special.

X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon with Little Star
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The Little Star Awards have garnered the support of big stars such as the Jonas Brothers, Usain Bolt and Leona Lewis.

“I am delighted to be helping to celebrate the courage of children with cancer by backing Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards,” said Leona. “More children than ever before are surviving cancer thanks to research and I believe the awards are a great way of raising awareness and highlighting the progress that is being made.”

“It’s so important to recognize the bravery of children who have been diagnosed with cancer – every one of them is a hero to us,” added the Jonas Brothers.

Kara Tointon at Little Stars Event
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The Little Star Awards will be opening for nominations once more in November 2010. To find out more, click here.

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