A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy has starred in a short film aiming to show what children receiving cancer treatment really want for Christmas - to be with their family.

Alexander Davies from Colwyn Bay features in a short film launched by Morrisons and charity partner CLIC Sargent to raise awareness of how children with cancer are sometimes separated from their families during the festive period.

In the minute-long film, eleven children affected by cancer share what they love about Christmas day, including presents, turkey dinner and spending time with loved ones.

Alexander Davies finished treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in July 2016. He lives with mum Alison, dad Dion, his two sisters and two brothers and is a pupil at Nant Y Groes School in Colwyn Bay.

When he was diagnosed, he and his family were living in Mid Wales where they say they received little help and weren’t aware of CLIC Sargent.

"If we had only known about CLIC Sargent things would have been very different,” said mum Alison.

"We were trying to do it all ourselves and meet all the costs such as travelling and accommodation. This was at a time that I had to give up work and we had to drop down to one salary.

“I really want to spread the word about CLIC Sargent. If we can help another family that are going through the situation we were with a child with cancer it will be wonderful.

“Alexander absolutely loved taking part in the video. It’s been the highlight of his Christmas.”

Andy Atkinson, Group Customer and Marketing Director at Morrisons, added: “Keeping families together at Christmas when a child is unwell with cancer is such important work.

"We wanted to explain that in this film, featuring children helped by CLIC Sargent.”

The film itself carries the message that “children with cancer don’t always get to share Christmas with their families”.

Families of children with cancer can see their costs, which include travelling, rise by up to £600-a-month, according to CLIC Sargent research.

The video can be watched on Morrisons’ Facebook and YouTube channels.