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Singer Ronan Keating to be honoured for his charity work

Ronan Keating is to be honoured for the work he's done for the cancer charity he set up in memory of his late mother, the Marie Keating Foundation
 
Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association

DUBLIN-born singer Ronan Keating will be honoured at the Global Gift Gala, which is part of the Global Gift Foundation's charitable drive to raise funds for women and children around the world.

Former Boyzone member Keating will be awarded the Global Gift Excellence award, honouring the work he's done for the cancer charity he set up in memory of his late mother, the Marie Keating Foundation.

The 39-year-old is is to be recognised for his charity work, along with other celebrities including Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, at a star-studded event hosted by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria.

The former Girls Aloud member and X Factor judge, now just known as Cheryl will receive the Global Gift Philanthropist award at a charity gala being held in Paris.

The award will honour the work she has done through her charity, Cheryl's Trust, which supports disadvantaged children and youths across the UK.

She said: "I am honoured to be this year's recipient of the Global Gift Gala Philanthropist Award.

"I'm proud of where I grew up but I'm only too aware of the challenges that young people face. I want to give back and help young people who feel like they'll never achieve anything, reach their dreams and live a happy life."

The 32-year-old recently confirmed she was not returning to judge on the popular ITV show to focus on her music career.

Singer Johnny Hallyday's wife, Laeticia, will also be honoured, as will French singer Line Renaud.

Longoria, whose own charity will also benefit from the evening, said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Paris for our seventh Global Gift Gala. This charitable event recognises prominent figures who dedicate their time and energy to helping those who need it most."

The awards will be handed out at the event on May 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris.

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