Go on... give a Sheffield kid a Christmas smile

Help a Child present Teddies to St lukes Hospice'Claire Hunter, Eamonn Hunt, Shirley Kilner, Nicola Kilner and Chloe Trigg
Help a Child present Teddies to St lukes Hospice'Claire Hunter, Eamonn Hunt, Shirley Kilner, Nicola Kilner and Chloe Trigg
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The big day is little over a month away – and once again a Sheffield charity is set to put smiles on the faces of children around the region this Christmas.

The Star has teamed up with good cause Help A Child Have A Chance for the 12 Days of Christmas appeal, offering young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants from the charity pot are being offered to those who are vulnerable or in need of funding - for example, a poorly youngster who needs a fun-packed holiday, a gifted child who needs extra help making the most of their talent, or a family requiring equipment for a disabled young person.

Star readers are asked to nominate potential recipients across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and 12 of the most deserving will be chosen and presented with their cheques during the two weeks after Christmas.

Among last year's successful nominees was schoolgirl Shereena Sadique, from Ecclesfield in Sheffield, who was given shopping vouchers as a treat while she faced one of her final Christmases with mum Sharon, terminally ill with cancer.

St Luke's Hospice in Whirlow received £300 to pay for 30 'bereavement bears' used as an aid to help youngsters understand about losing loved ones.

And four-year-old MacKenzie Stephens, who has rare disorder Turner Syndrome, was given an exciting day out with her pals.

Help A Child Have A Chance was set up by the family of the late Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner, who died just over four years ago. Dave raised thousands for sick and disadvantaged children by organising countless charity events, and the good cause is to continue his legacy.

Shirley Kilner, Dave's widow, said the charity has had an 'extremely busy year', adding: "We are totally voluntary and every penny we raise goes to helping sick, needy and disadvantaged children.

"Since the appeal started in 2011 we have helped over 850 children and some of the projects we have funded will continue helping children over the next few years.

"We have been privileged to meet some lovely children and it is really rewarding to see the difference we have made in their lives. It is also lovely that so many of the children have kept in touch and we are able to follow their progress."

The funding can be for individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people of the same age.

Nominations can be made by emailing 12daysofchristmas@helpachildhaveachance.co.uk or by post to 12 Days of Christmas, Help A Child Have A Chance, 2 Woburn Place, Sheffield, S11 9QS. Include as much information as possible about the nominee, plus their name, address and contact details. Closing date Tuesday, December 10.