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Specsavers celebrates Spirit of NI

14 June, 2016
Ballymena store director Valerie Penney (second left) and daughter Stephanie with Emmerdale stars Natalie Robb and Dominic Brunt
Ballymena store director Valerie Penney (second left) and daughter Stephanie with Emmerdale stars Natalie Robb and Dominic Brunt

The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers have paid tribute to unsung heroes from across the country.

Overall winner

Davitt Walsh, from the Derry/Donegal border, rescued a baby from tragically drowning in March this year and as a result won the Overall Spirit of NI title.

Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers joined stars from stage, screen, sport and music to present the nine category winners with their awards. Guests included Carl Frampton MBE, Sir AP McCoy, former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, The Fall actresses Bronagh Waugh and Niamh McGrady along with starts from Emmerdale. Valerie Penney, Ballymena store director says, ‘Specsavers is delighted to sponsor these awards which recognise and celebrate unsung community heroes – ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to make a real difference to life in Northern Ireland. It was an emotional night mixed with tears and joy.’

Category winners

In additional to the overall winner there were 9 category winners; Spirt of Youth, Latasha Moore; Overcoming Adversity, Colin Bell; Spirit of Sport, Terry McCorran; Caring Spirit, Adrian Simpson; Charity Champion, Pamela Nugent; 999 Hero, Judith Sexton; Spirit of Education, Ildiko Veres; Spirit of Health, Belfast City Hospital Nephrology Unit; and Unsung Hero, Davitt Walsh.

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