Specsavers in Victoria Square are urging the public to nominate the friends, family or neighbours who inspire them with the launch of this year’s Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Organised by Sunday Life and sponsored by Specsavers, the awards seek to honour all those who make a difference across Northern Ireland.

Gala Awards and UTV programme

The annual awards ceremony is televised by UTV and UTV presenters Pamela Ballantine and Marc Mallet were joined by Specsavers NI Chairman Brian O’Kane at the official launch of this year’s awards programme. The gala awards evening takes place on Friday 16 June at the Culloden Estate and Spa Resort.

Inspired by local people

Victoria Square Specsavers director David Maguire said, ‘Each year we are humbled and inspired by the incredible stories that are received and I have no doubt that this year will be no different. These awards celebrate all that is good about Northern Ireland and give us the opportunity to champion these amazing people and to give them the recognition they so rightly deserve. So, we are asking local shoppers and our patients to make a nomination ahead of the closing date on Friday 5th May 2017.’

Ten categories

This year’s categories are: Unsung Hero, Overcoming Adversity, Spirit of Youth, 999 Hero, Charity Champion, Spirit of Health, Spirit of Education, Caring Spirit Award, Spirit of Sport and Overall Spirit of Northern Ireland Award.

£150 eyecare voucher prize draw

Everyone who submits a nomination will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £150 eyecare voucher and a VIP experience at the awards, including an overnight stay at the Culloden, courtesy of Specsavers.

Celebrity guests

As in previous years the audience will be filled with many local celebrities supporting the event and eager to hear the finalists’ incredible stories. Soap and drama fans had their pick of household names at last year’s event from the likes of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Holby City, Game of Thrones and The Fall.

For details on the awards and tickets phone 028 9076 0066 or emailing: mail@jcomms.co.uk

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