Little Stars are shining bright

(l-r) Thea Pawley, Hannah Johnson and Holly Stewart.''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133530-479)
(l-r) Thea Pawley, Hannah Johnson and Holly Stewart.''''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133530-479)
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THREE young cancer survivors have been reunited to support a charity.

Thea Pawley, 16, Hannah Johnson, 12, and Holly Stewart, 16, all from Portsmouth, are Cancer Research UK Little Stars.

The Little Star Awards acknowledge the unique challenges faced by youngsters who encounter cancer.

The honour was given to each girl in 2006 in recognition of the outstanding bravery and optimistic outlook they had shown after being diagnosed.

They were reunited at a new branch of Cancer Research UK’s store in Palmerston Road, Southsea.

Holly was given the all-clear several years ago after going through chemotherapy and surgery for a tumour discovered at the base of her spine when she was just two.

The teenager, of Nelson Avenue, North End, is studying biology, health and social care at Portsmouth College.

She said: ‘It was really good to see the other girls and that they are doing so well. It means the world to me that I was awarded a Little Star, especially as there are so many other young people going through a similar thing.

‘I know I can help other young people build their confidence after being diagnosed with cancer.’

Hannah was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005 when she was just four.

The youngest of the three, she attends Miltoncross School and faced many months of gruelling treatment but is now clear of cancer.

Thea was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour in her left kidney when she was just eight years old.

The cancer had also spread via a main vein to both lungs and Thea faced intensive treatment.

As well as open heart surgery and having her left kidney removed, she received chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

Thea, who goes to Bay House School, in Alverstoke, was given the all-clear when she was 13 but will have hospital check-ups every two years until she is 19.

Cancer Research is appealing for volunteers and donations for its new branch in Southsea.

Shop manager Briar-Rose Kelleher said: ‘We’re asking people to help stock our new shop by clearing out their wardrobes and cupboards over the next few months and bringing us their good-quality clothes, shoes, bags, household items, books and CDs or DVDs.

‘Each bag of clothes donated to a Cancer Research UK shop is potentially worth up to £25 – even more if our supporters sign up for Gift Aid.’

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