Little Star awards: what's involved
Find out how to nominate your child for a Little Star award, what they get in return and how your support helps.
How to nominate
There are two ways you can nominate children for a Little Star award:
- Nominate online - this is the quickest and easiest way to nominate
- Download the form and post it to us (PDF file, 155KB)
Every child nominated for a Little Star will receive an award, as long as they:
- Are under 18 on the date of nomination and live in the UK
- Have been treated for cancer in the past five years at the date of nomination
- Have not received the award before
- haven't received the award before
All Little Stars will receive a Little Star trophy, a certificate signed by celebrities, a T-shirt and a £50 TK Maxx gift voucher. Their siblings will receive a certificate too.
How your support can help
After receiving the award, some families help us to raise awareness of childhood cancers and the award scheme. This can help highlight the importance of research and make our work relevant and compelling to the widest possible audience. Some families also play an important role in Cnacer Research UK's fundraising too.
There is absolutely no obligation to take part in publicity in order to receive the award.
If you are happy to be involved, you might appear in the media identified by your name, town and age, possibly being photographed or filmed too. You would also need to be willing to speak about your child's illness and treatment and we recommend that you speak to other family members about this to ensure that everyone is comfortable.
We would only pass on your contact details to individual journalists with your consent and we'll do our best to make sure that anything we write about you is factually correct and, where possible, approved by you.
However, we do not have control over what journalists may write and we also hope you appreciate that it can still be very difficult to predict if this activity will result in coverage.
It is unusual for newspapers or broadcast journalists to pay families for telling their story - however some magazines may offer payment. If you are offered money for sharing your story and choose to accept, this would be an agreement between you and the media title. Cancer Research UK cannot get involved with negotiations.
How we store your information
Find out more
For more information please call the Little Stars team on 0113 203 2440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominate a Little Star
Celebrate the courage of a child who's been diagnosed with cancer by nominating them for our Little Star awards, in partnership with TK Maxx.
Help for families
Talk to other families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer on our Cancer Chat forum.
Support our work
To support our work into children's cancers, you can Text STAR to 70200 to give £3.
Texts charged at £3 plus a standard rate text. From this, Cancer Research UK will receive £2.93