AN AWARD scheme recognising the courage of children diagnosed with cancer has been launched in Worcestershire with the backing of Oscar award winning actress Emma Thompson.

Around 145 children are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands every year.

The actress is backing the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, which celebrates the strength shown by young people who have been affected by cancer.

Nominations have now opened and the charity is calling on people to put forward young cancer patients and survivors from across the region.

Emma said: “Every day, around 11 young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. If I could use Nanny McPhee’s magical walking stick to stop anyone getting cancer, I would.”

The awards are open to all under-18s who currently have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years. 

All nominated children will receive a trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card, t-shirt and certificate signed by Emma Thompson.

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