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Families gather to celebrate North East Brave Heart awards

Children and their families at the Brave Heart Awards Credit: ITV

Friends and families are gathering to celebrate the annual Brave Heart awards taking place at St James' Park in Newcastle this afternoon.

Thirty four children from the region have been nominated for the awards which mark the bravery of some of the North East's sickest children.

The Brave Heart charity which hosts and sets up the awards every year was born out of the story of one little girl's story from the North East.

In 1989 a National Children of Courage Award was made to a young girl from the North East called Joanne Gillespie. Joanne, who was 11, had endured 2 major operations and fought back against a recurring brain tumour.

In order to help other children who would go through such experiences Joanne turned the diary of her recovery into a book. It was published in 1989 under the title "Brave Heart".

Children arriving at the awards ceremony Credit: ITV

Special ceremony for inspirational North East children

A special ceremony is being held at St James' Park in Newcastle to award inspirational children from the region for their daily battle to overcome illness and difficulties in their lives.

Last week we featured the story of just one of the nominees for this special award, seven-year-old Lucy White.

The children will be collected in a convoy of limo's, from their homes, bringing the nominees and their families to the ceremony in style.

This year's Brave Heart awards are being presented by Newcastle United's Mike Williamson and Carol Malia.

The region honours its Brave Hearts

The awards ceremony is held annually by the Brave Hearts charity Credit: Brave Hearts of the North East

Children from across the region will today (November 15th) be honoured in a special awards ceremony held by Brave Hearts of the North East charity at St James' Park.

The Brave Heart award is given to children who have shown courage battling to overcome illness, handicap, or other difficulties in life.

Thirty four children have been nominated for the awards, from Berwick down to York and across to Cockermouth and Penrith.