Belfast Telegraph

Stars join 'inspirational' children

Former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt, Strictly Come Dancing's Robin Windsor and soul singer Beverley Knight have met a group of 20 inspirational children diagnosed with cancer.

They attended Cancer Research UK's Little Star Awards party at the Empire cinema in London's Leicester Square.

After hitting the red carpet, the group of children were treated to a special screening of the new animation, Despicable Me 2, which was introduced by two of the film's stars Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove.

Speaking at the event, singer Beverley said: "Cancer is such a pernicious and evil disease that affects everybody, but it's hardest when it affects children.

"It's so difficult for them to cope with and today is just injecting some joy into their lives.

"I lost my dad to complications over the removal of a cancerous tumour in 2010.That was completely unexpected, we didn't even know he had a tumour. It shook us. There are so many inspirational children here. All of them are fighters and all of them are stars."

The group was chosen to represent hundreds of children around the UK who bravely go through treatment every year, Cancer Research UK said.

Among the award-winners was four-year-old Georgina Bover, from Gravesend, in Kent, who was diagnosed with a rare Wilms tumour around her first birthday. Doctors found a mass in her stomach and tests later showed she had tumours on both her kidneys and needed surgery to remove the organs.

After lengthy and painful treatment which left her with only half a kidney, Georgina has now celebrated her fourth birthday.

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