The courage of British children who have faced cancer is to be recognized with a unique award backed by celebrities including rapper Tinie Tempah, pop sensation Leona Lewis, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, children’s author Jacqueline Wilson and top sporting personalities Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and footballer Jack Wilshere.

Cancer Research UK this week launched its annual Little Star Awards, in partnership with brands-for-less retailer, TK Maxx.

“I’m incredibly proud to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards once again this year,” said Leona Lewis. "Every child diagnosed with cancer goes through so much and it is brilliant to be able to recognize their bravery and brighten their lives in this way.

“The awards are also a wonderful way of raising awareness of the progress that is being made in the fight against children’s cancer and I’d want to encourage anyone who knows an inspirational child to nominate them for this fantastic award.”

Relatives and friends of young cancer patients or survivors from across the UK are being urged to nominate them now for special recognition in the run up to Christmas. All Little Stars receive a special trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card and certificate signed by their favorite celebrities.

“Supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards is a privilege,” said Rupert Grint. "The awards are a fantastic way of recognizing the bravery and courage of all children and their families who have been affected by cancer.

“Each and every child is a hero.

“I’m proud to be able to play a part in raising awareness of the awards and I think that it’s wonderful that Cancer Research UK is helping to bring a little bit of magic to the children’s lives in this way.”

Members of the public who simply want to make a donation to help children with cancer can also get involved at www.cancerresearchuk.org/littlestar.

Read about last year’s Little Star Awards here.

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