Michael Kennedy, store director at Specsavers in Portadown joined UTV presenters Pamela Ballantine and Marc Mallett to launch this year’s Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Organised by Sunday Life and sponsored by Specsavers, the awards take place on 16 June at the Culloden Estate & Spa hotel and seek to honour all those who make a difference locally.

Recognising extraordinary people and good deeds

Michael Kennedy said: ‘This unique search will give recognition to those whose good deeds have previously gone mostly unnoticed – ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to help others and people whose uplifting stories of selfless acts will touch the hearts of all who read them.’

‘We would urge everyone to nominate the friends, family or neighbours who inspire them so that they can be recognised and celebrated.’

Prize draw

All those who submit nominations through an email or by completing a form in the store will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 eye-care voucher and a VIP experience at the awards, including an overnight stay at the Culloden Estate & Spa, courtesy of Specsavers. Closing date for nominations is Friday May 5th.


Judges are searching to honour winners across ten categories in total which are now open for nomination.

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.

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