Celebrities honour courageous youngsters at Star Awards party

Cancer Research UK
L-R: Matt Johnson, Charlotte Hawkins and Kimberly Wyatt with 5-year-old Frankie

Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, X Factor stars Only The Young, Pussycat doll Kimberly Wyatt and TV presenter Matt Johnson attended a special stars and space themed party on Saturday to honour young people diagnosed with cancer who shine with courage.

“I was thrilled to attend the Kids & Teens Star Awards party and meet all the inspirational children who have shown so much courage at such a young age. I am a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and the work that is being done to beat children’s cancer so that no child in the future has to go through what these children have.” - Charlotte Hawkins

Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, is an annual event which brings together young people from across the UK for a fun packed day and salutes the bravery they have shown against cancer.

The party, held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London saw 20 inspirational children in attendance, enjoying a day of games, live entertainment and crafting before a special medal presentation. The day was completed with a special performance from X Factor stars Only The Young.

Charlotte Hawkins said: “I was thrilled to attend the Kids & Teens Star Awards party and meet all the inspirational children who have shown so much courage at such a young age. As a mum myself, I can imagine how proud the families must be of the children and the party was a wonderful way of celebrating them. I am a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and the work that is being done to beat children’s cancer so that no child in the future has to go through what these children have.”

Only The Young said: “We had a fantastic time performing at the Kids & Teens Star Awards. After going through such tough times it was amazing to see the children dancing and having a great time at the party. Each and every one is a hero!”

Kimberly Wyatt said: “Attending the Kids & Teens Star Awards party was a great privilege for me. It was brilliant to see the children having a great day out after going through such difficult times. The Awards are a fantastic way of highlighting the bravery of children and teens diagnosed with cancer.”

Matt Johnson said: “I’m so honoured to be supporting the Kids & Teens Star Awards and meeting the children was a truly humbling experience. These amazing children are an inspiration in how they have coped with their cancer diagnosis and it was wonderful to be part of their special day.”

 CBBC’s Mr Maker also attended the party to entertain the children.

The Star Awards are part of Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens campaign. The campaign’s aim is to accelerate research to find kinder treatments and cures to beat children’s cancer sooner. Money raised by the campaign will be wholly dedicated to research into cancers affecting children, teenagers and young adults.

For more information or to make a donation please visit cruk.org/kidsandteens or text KIDS3 to 70200 to donate £3*.

Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx have been working together since 2004 and to date TK Maxx has raised £19.7million, of which £15.7m has gone to funding children’s cancer research. TK Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of research into beating children's cancers in the UK.

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About Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. It’s also a major funder of research into childhood cancers in the UK.

  • In the UK, four children (0-14 year-olds) are diagnosed with cancer every day (around 1,600 a year), devastating the whole family.
  • Around 2,200 teens and young adults (15-24 year-olds) are also diagnosed with cancer every year.
  • Three-quarters of children (0-14 year-olds) with cancer are now cured compared to only a quarter in the late 1960s.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating children’s cancer relies on every pound donated.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Money raised through Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens will be ring-fenced to fund research into children’s, teen and young adult cancers (aged 0-24).
  • TK Maxx, the largest corporate funder of children’s cancer research in the UK and a decade long supporter of Cancer Research UK, is the official retail partner of Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. The fashion retailer has raised a total of £19.7 million for the charity since 2004, of which £15.7million has contributed to pioneering children’s cancer research.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens vision’ is to bring forward the day when no child suffers or dies from cancer.

About TK Maxx

  • TK Maxx is a designer brands-for-less retailer implementing a unique ‘off-price’ concept which originated in the US. It sells designer and high street brands of womenswear, menswear, home ware, childrenswear, gifts and accessories at up to 60% less than the recommended retail price (RRP).
  • TK Maxx launched in the UK in 1994 and now has over 270 stores across the UK.
  • TK Maxx buyers deal direct with designers and brand owners so they can pass huge savings onto the customer. A typical store has over 50,000 items in stock and receives 10,000 new pieces, styles and colours a week, which means stock is consistently fresh. You can now also buy online at www.tkmaxx.com.
  • TK Maxx is part of TJX Europe, the European subsidiary of the US group TJX Companies Inc.