A FAMILY from Stockton whose daughter was diagnosed with “the beast of childhood cancers” is helping to launch an awards scheme that recognises the courage of children and young people with cancer.

The Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People Star Awards, celebrate the strength shown by youngsters who have been diagnosed with and treated for cancer.

Evie Hughes, six, received the award in 2016 after been nominated by her mum Lynsay, 38.

She was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, which develops in neuroblast nerve cells, in December 2015 and began chemotherapy on Christmas Eve.

Evie, who attends Hartburn Primary School, had around two years of treatment.

Now they are encouraging other families across the region to nominate their 'stars' for the honour

To nominate a child for an award, visit cruk.org/childrenandyoungpeople