Supporters of Little Stars

Together with our partners TK Maxx, we're very proud of our Little Star Awards

Some of the world's biggest stars from sport, TV and music have teamed up to support the Little Star Awards and sign the certificates which will be sent to all the youngsters who will receive an award.

​Singer-songwriter Emeli Sande

“Each child who confronts cancer is a star in their own way and I salute their courage and bravery. The Little Star Awards provide vital recognition for these kids and their families and, in doing so, help raise vital awareness of children’s cancers and the need to continually invest in cutting-edge research.”


Singer and actress Beverley Knight

“All young people who are diagnosed with cancer seem to demonstrate such bravery and sparkle. I recently met a number of Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Award winners and was truly touched by their courage.

One aspect of the Little Star Awards that I truly love is the way in which brothers and sisters of recipients receive a special certificate in recognition of the impact that a cancer diagnosis has on the whole family and the support they give their sibling.”

Children’s TV star Justin Fletcher

“Supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards is such an honour for me. The bravery of these children and their families completely blows me away. I think these awards are an amazing way of recognising the courage of all these children affected by cancer. I’d urge anyone who knows an inspirational child to nominate them and show them that we are supporting them every step of the way.”

England and Tottenham Hotspur player Kyle Walker

“The England players are proud to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards. It is always a massive honour to recognise the amazing bravery of children who are diagnosed with cancer. As a Dad myself I can only imagine how unbearable it must be to watch your child go through such a tough battle. We want to encourage anyone who knows an inspirational child to show their support and nominate them for this fantastic award.”

England and Everton player Leighton Baines

“It’s a privilege to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards. These brave young people’s stories really highlight the importance of research in the fight against cancer. The strength of these kids should motivate everyone to nominate any Little Stars they know for this well-deserved award.”

England and Manchester City player James Milner

“It’s inspirational to see so many courageous children being recognised for their bravery through the Cancer Research UK Little Star Awards. The journeys they’ve been through with their families are so tough, yet the positivity they show is incredible. If you know a deserving child please share their inspirational story and nominate them for a Little Star Award.”

CBeebie’s Mister Maker (Phil Gallagher)

“The Little Star Awards have saluted the courage of thousands of children who bravely confront cancer every day. I am so proud to get involved and lend my support.”



Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor

“To lend my support to the Little Star Awards once again is such an incredible honour for me. These amazing kids and their families have been through such tough and gruelling times and to see their strength, spirit and constant positivity is truly humbling. Each and every one of these children is a hero.”

Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff

“It’s such a privilege to be supporting the Little Star Awards and to help to show these brave kids and their families that they are always in our thoughts. To have gone through so much at such a young age is incredibly tough and the Little Star Awards is a fantastic way to reward these amazing kids for their phenomenal courage.”

TV presenter Lisa Riley

“To receive a cancer diagnosis at any age is a devastating blow, as I know from the experience of my mother who sadly died of the disease. But to have to face cancer as a child must be unbelievably tough. I am so delighted to be able to add my voice to Cancer Research UK’s and celebrate the courage of these kids who are an inspiration to us all.”

Our Party

Each year, we also hold a party to highlight the bravery of all our Little Stars. Unfortunately, due to the number of nominations we receive, we are not able to invite every Little Star to the event, so we invite a selection of children across the UK to represent all nominees. See what happened in the summer of 2013.

Little Star Awards movie-themed celebration - Cancer Research UK

Our corporate supporter TK Maxx

TK Maxx is proud to be the partner of Cancer Research UK's Little Stars Awards in 2013/14 for the sixth year running. Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx believe each and every child who confronts cancer is extra special.

TK Maxx has been a partner of Cancer Research UK since 2004, and to date has contributed over £13 million, of which over £9 million has been raised to fund groundbreaking research into beating children’s cancers.

Jools Tait, Director of Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, said: "The Little Star Awards are now in their eleventh year and TK Maxx have once again generously donated a £50 TK Maxx voucher as a special treat for every Little Star nomination, as well as supporting the 2014 Little Star’s Party."

“TK Maxx sponsored last year’s party held at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, where 20 children who had personally been affected by cancer got the chance to attend the premiere of the film Despicable Me 2. The children and their families were stars for the day with a full red carpet experience, including lots of fun activities and the opportunity to meet a host of celebrities including stars of the film, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove. We are extremely grateful to TK Maxx for their ongoing generosity and support for our pioneering research into beating children’s cancers."

Jo Murphy, Head of Corporate Responsibility at TK Maxx said: "The Little Star Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the courage of children diagnosed with cancer and we are proud to be supporting this initiative again this year as part of our ongoing collaboration with Cancer Research UK. TK Maxx is committed to helping vulnerable children and young people achieve their potential and thanks to the generous support of our customers and associates, since 2004 we have contributed over £13 million for Cancer Research UK's work into beating children's cancer".

Thanks to the support from TK Maxx, we are able to continue to fund research into helping to beat children’s cancers.

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