AN awards scheme has been launched in the region recognising the courage of children and young people diagnosed with cancer.

The Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People Star Awards are open to under-18s diagnosed with – and treated for – cancer in the last five years.

Support for the awards is being provided by TK Maxx – which has a store at Keighley Retail Park, in Hard Ings Road – and children’s entertainer Mister Maker.

Everyone nominated will receive a trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card, T-shirt and a certificate signed by a host of celebrities.

Nicki Embleton, for Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People in Yorkshire, said: “Our Star Awards shine an important light on children and young people with cancer.

“A cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age, but it can be particularly difficult for a child or young person and their families.

“That’s why we’re calling on families across the region to nominate inspirational youngsters for an award, so that we can recognise their incredible courage.”

She added: “Thanks to the support of people in Yorkshire and across the UK, our research has helped transform survival for children’s cancers, which overall has more than doubled in the last 40 years.”

For more details about the awards and to make a nomination, visit