An award scheme recognising the courage of children diagnosed with cancer is being launched today in the South East and is supported by Strictly Come Dancing star Dr Ranj.
Around 240 children are diagnosed with cancer in the region every year.
The television doctor is backing the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, which celebrate the strength shown by youngsters who have been diagnosed with and treated for cancer.
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open and people are being asked to nominate young cancer patients and survivors in the run up to Christmas.
There is no judging panel for the awards because Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens believes every child diagnosed with cancer deserves special recognition.
All children nominated will receive a unique trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card, T-shirt and a certificate signed by Dr Ranj and a host of famous faces, including Dame Emma Thompson, Una Healy and Aston Merrygold, as well as children’s favourite entertainer Mister Maker. Their siblings also receive a certificate.
Dr Ranj, television doctor and ‘Get Well Soon’ presenter, said, “Their strength and spirit is inspiring, which is why I’m so proud to support the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards again this year. I want to help raise awareness and money to help find new, better and kinder treatments.”
The awards are open to all under-18s who currently have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years. Visit cruk.org/kidsandteens.