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Two star supporters of a Sheffield hospital illuminated the night by leading its first Christmas lights switch-on.

Darcy Jo Burke, aged six, is terminally ill with a brain tumour and was chosen to turn on the lights at Weston Park Hospital, where she underwent radiotherapy treatment.

The brave youngster was given the opportunity as part of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Christmas Star Appeal, which is backed by The Star and aims to raise more than £15,000 during the festive season.

Darcy, from Darfield, Barnsley, was joined by hospital receptionist Carol Elrick, who was nominated by colleagues for the role.

Carol – who has worked at Weston Park for almost 30 years – said: “I feel honoured to turn on the first Christmas lights and help spread some festive cheer.”

People who donate to the appeal will receive a silver star decoration to hang on their Christmas tree in recognition of their good deed.

Sarah Cross, hospital fundraiser, said: “We are so pleased Darcy was able to turn the hospital’s Christmas lights on. It was especially poignant as it is the first year we’ve had them.

“Darcy is an inspiration and we hope she inspires people to back our appeal.

“We’re also happy to acknowledge the hard work of Carol, our nominated star staff member.

“Without dedicated staff the hospital wouldn’t be able to carry out the outstanding work it does.”

n To donate money and receive a star, visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/star or call 0114 226 5370.