An award scheme recognising the courage of children and young people diagnosed with cancer in the Channel Islands is being launched today, supported by a host of celebrities.
Nominations for the Cancer Research UK for Children & 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 in the run up to Christmas.
The Star Awards are open to under-18s who have been diagnosed with and treated for cancer in the last five years.
There is no judging panel, because Cancer Research UK for Children & 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 Nanny McPhee star Dame Emma Thompson, celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, TV personalities Dr Ranj and Joe Tasker, TikTok stars Flossie Clegg, Lewys Ball and Olivia Neill, as well as children’s TV favourite Mister Maker.
CBBC presenter and YouTuber Joe Tasker said: "It’s overwhelming to think what children and young people with cancer have to go through at such a young age. And to hear that many may have to cope with long term side effects from their treatment is just heart-breaking.
“That’s why the work of Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People is so important and why I’m honoured to be supporting the Star Awards. I hope people will get nominating and help show these children how absolutely brilliant 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 & Young People is supporting dedicated research to help ensure more youngsters survive cancer with a good quality of life.
Through the Star Awards the charity hopes to raise awareness of some of the challenges faced by young people with cancer, which its scientists are working to tackle.
Cancer Research UK’s Southampton Centre is the closest cancer research facility to Jersey and Guernsey. Patients from the islands often travel here for treatment. Researchers at the Centre are experts in a wide range of disciplines, including immunotherapy and clinical trials.
Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the Channel Islands, said: “A cancer diagnosis is heart-breaking at any age, but it can be particularly difficult for a child or young person and their families - especially when many may experience serious long-term side effects from treatment.
“Our Star Awards shine an important light on these inspirational individuals, so we’re urging people to get nominating now so we can celebrate their incredible courage.”
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 more than £40m for vital research to help improve survival and reduce the long-term side effects of treatments.
To nominate a star visit cruk.org/starawards.