Special accolade scheme launched for children with cancer

Date published: 08 December 2023

An award scheme recognising the courage of children and young people who have faced cancer has been launched. 

Around 190 children in the North West are diagnosed with the disease every year. 

Nominations for the Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, are now open and families are being called on to nominate young cancer patients and survivors for the honour in the run up to Christmas.  

The Star Awards are open to all children under 18 who live in the UK and have been treated for the disease within the past five years.

There is no judging panel, because Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People believes every child diagnosed with cancer deserves special recognition.  

Everyone nominated receives a trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card, t-shirt and a certificate signed by a host of famous faces, including celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, TV personality Dr Ranj and children’s TV favourite Mister Maker.

Siblings are also awarded a certificate.  

Calling for more nominations, children’s TV presenter, Phil Gallagher from Mister Maker (pictured below), said: “The strength these young people show when faced with a cancer diagnosis is remarkable, and that’s why I’m supporting the Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People Star Awards again this year.

"Their courage and resilience needs to be honoured, and the Star Awards are such a lovely way of doing that and showing them how special they are.”   

Cancer in children and young people is different to cancer in adults, from the types of cancer to the impact of treatment.

That’s why Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People is supporting dedicated research to help ensure more young people survive cancer with a good quality of life. 

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is one of many centres across the UK taking part in groundbreaking clinical trials coordinated by Cancer Research UK’s Children's Cancer Trials Team.

These trials make innovative new treatments available to children with cancer across the North West.  

Thanks to some of the charity’s breakthroughs, children’s cancer survival in the UK has more than doubled since the 1970s when almost 4 in 10 children diagnosed survived for at least 10 years.

Today it’s around 8 in 10, but there’s still much further to go.

The Star Awards help to raise awareness of some of the unique challenges faced by young people with cancer that the charity’s scientists are working to tackle.  

Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North West, Jemma Humphreys, said: “We’re discovering new ways to treat the disease, so all children and young people can live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer.  

“A cancer diagnosis is heart-breaking at any age, but it can be particularly devastating for youngsters - especially when many may experience serious long-term side effects from their treatment. 

“Not only do our Star Awards help to put these inspirational individuals in the spotlight where they belong, they pay tribute to the supportive siblings who deserve to be celebrated too.

"That’s why we’re urging people to get nominating now, so we can give these courageous young people the recognition they so richly deserve.” 

The Star Awards are run in partnership with TK Maxx, the biggest corporate supporter of Cancer Research UK’s work into children’s and young people’s cancers.

Since 2004, the retailer has raised over £44 million for vital research to improve survival.  

To nominate a star in Oldham, please click the link here

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