NOMINATIONS have been pouring in for The Mail's Christmas Star awards, with dozens of youngsters being recognised for their kind and brave efforts within the community.

The Christmas Stars festive appeal aims to give recognition to the unsung heroes of our community, who go above and beyond to help others.

One of the first nominees put forward was 10-year-old Madeleine Rose May from Barrow.

Madeleine's younger brother, Hugh, has autism and is non-verbal.

However, Madeleine goes out of her way to ensure he is included in everything she does.

Her grandma and nominator, Donna May, described her as an 'amazing big sister' to her brother Hugh.

She said: "Madeleine is a kind, loving and protective big sister to him.

"She shows great patience when playing with Hugh and makes sure he’s included in everything she does.

"She hates being away from him for too long and Hugh gets the best hugs from Madeleine when she gets home from school.

"They have a real special sibling bond - he's always her first concern."

"I think she is very deserving of being a Christmas star."

All the Christmas Stars nominees will be invited to a Christmas party at The Forum where Santa and his Nanny Elf will be waiting to give this year’s special nominees a selection of presents.

Nominations should be sent to listing a name, number, address of both the nominator and nominee and reason for nomination.