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Celebrities to honour unsung heroes

Davina McCall, Alexandra Burke and Simon Cowell will be among the celebrities honouring unsung heroes who work to improve children's lives.

The winners of the News of the World Children's Champions Awards include 15-year-old Lyndon Longborne from Country Durham who takes part in international swimming competitions despite having lost both legs, one hand, and the fingertips on the other to meningitis.

He mentors four-year-old Robbie Jones, also from County Durham, who lost his legs and fingertips on his left hand to the disease.

Hosted by Davina, the ceremony takes place on March 30 and will be televised on Sky Living HD on April 3.

She said: "I'm an emotional person and I'm never more emotional than when I see people doing amazing, thankless tasks. It's great to have the chance to give them a pat on the back and say, 'We see what you're doing and thank you'."

Alexandra, who will perform at the ceremony, said: "When I was in X Factor we came to these awards and I remember being moved to tears by the stories. It was so humbling. I never imagined one day I'd be up on that stage, I'm going to sing my heart out."

The nomination process started in November and judges including Lord Sebastian Coe, Emma Bunton, and Gary Lineker chose the 10 winners.

Winners will go to Number 10 Downing Street to meet David Cameron before the ceremony.

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