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Sunday Life & Specsavers Search for NIís Unsung Heroes

25 March 2014

The Sunday Life and Specsavers have joined forces to launch this year's search for who you think best captures the Spirit of Northern Ireland in 2014.

The finalists will be honoured at a gala ceremony later this year which will again be broadcast on UTV. Last year's ceremony, where inspirational Oscar Knox was named overall winner, attracted a TV audience of some 200,000 people across the country.

The Sunday Life want your nominations for who you think is worthy of Spirit of Northern Ireland Award, by selflessly serving others and being an inspiration to us all.

The unique Northern Ireland-wide search will give recognition to those whose good deeds have previously gone mostly unnoticed.

The grand final for the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers will take place on Friday, May 30 at the luxurious five-star Culloden Estate & Spa resort in Holywood.

Sunday Life and Specsavers are looking for ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to help others - people whose uplifting stories of selfless acts will touch the hearts of all who read them.

Whether for demonstrating a spirit of compassion, neighbourliness, charity, enterprise, courage or devotion, all nominations are welcome. All those who submit nominations will automatically be 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.

Specsavers Northern Ireland chairman Tony McGinn said: “This is the fourth year that Specsavers has sponsored the Spirit of Northern Ireland awards, and we are delighted to continue our association with such an incredible event which celebrates such inspirational people.

'I know I speak for all of the Specsavers staff across the province that each year we are humbled and inspired by the stories that are received and I have no doubt that this year will be no different.”

Sunday Life editor Martin Breen added: “This event has become Northern Ireland’s flagship awards ceremony. These awards celebrate all that is good about Northern Ireland, so we need people to tell us about the unsung heroes in their lives and local communities who deserve recognition.”

There are four awards in total: the Specsavers Overcoming Adversity Award, the Sunday Life Unsung Hero Award, the U105 Young Persons Award and the overall Spirit of Northern Ireland Award.

Five finalists from each of the three categories will feature in Sunday Life as well as on UTV and on U105.8FM radio station. One of the finalists, chosen by a judging panel from Sunday Life, Specsavers and UTV/U105.8FM, will also be named as the Spirit of Northern Ireland winner of 2014.

You can nominate an unsung hero via the form at http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/spirit-northern-ireland-awards/sunday-life-spirit-of-northern-ireland-awards-2014-search-on-for-unsung-heroes-30014965.html or email us at spiritofniawards@sundaylife.co.uk The closing date for nominations is Tuesday April 22.