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Every year around 1600 hundred children in the UK are diagnosed with cancer.

The charity Cancer Research UK is there to support them and their families through what can be the toughest time of their lives.

They also reward those children who have been particularly brave. Malcolm Shaw has the story of a little girl from Southwater, near Horsham in Sussex who's just received a little star award.


End of a long journey for fundraiser

A man has completed a journey of more than 600 miles to raise money for charity after his six-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Alistair McIntyre, 54, trekked and cycled from Fife in Scotland to Deal in Kent - a route taken by his grandfather Jimmy McIntyre in 1933 in search of work.

Alistair set up the In Jimmy's Footsteps appeal to raise money for Cancer Research UK after his granddaughter Belle McIntyre was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last year.

In an emotional finish, Alistair walked hand-in-hand with Belle on the final leg of his journey from Aylesham to Deal today.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Belle underwent a gruelling two years of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and stem cell transplant.

She is still receiving some treatment but is back in class at St Stephen's Infant School in Canterbury.

"I'm absolutely delighted. I was a bit emotional as I finished as it was 610 miles in total, but I feel fantastic and we have raised a lot of money."

– Alistair McIntyre, charity fundraiser

Thankfully, Belle is getting stronger and fitter as each day passes.The walk and all the fund-raising is a way of marking that and saying thank you for all the life-saving treatment she has had, and the support people have given."

– Ben McIntyre, Belle's father
  • Alistair initially set himself a £10,000 target but his loyal band of supporters helped him exceed that figure even before he set off.
  • It now stands at £25,000 and he hopes to hit £30,000 by the time he finishes all aspects of his challenge by the end of the year.

University of Southampton "grateful for investment"

The University of Southampton has received a £10 million pound donation from an anonymous donor to further its research into the causes of cancer. Cancer Research UK say they have also received a donation of £10 million from the same anonymous donor, the biggest single donation in their history.

"This remarkable gift allows us to build on our expertise and expand the research teams in Southampton to make even greater progress in developing new treatments.

– Professor Don Nutbeam, vice chancellor of the University of Southampton