Last call to nominate local community heroes

Deadline for Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards in partnership with Ulster Bank approaching

The people of Northern Ireland are being called on to nominate their local heroes for this year’s Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards before the deadline at 23:50 on Monday 6th May.

The awards are all about celebrating local people who have made a positive impact on their local community and who have done extraordinary things to help their families, friends, and neighbours.

This year, judges are looking for more local heroes, who deserve recognition for going above and beyond to improve the lives of others. Nominations can be made across 10 categories including Spirit of Health, Spirit of Youth, 999 Hero and Spirit of Education (Full details in notes to editors) and must be submitted by email to no later than 23:59 on Monday 6th May.

The awards ceremony will be held at Culloden Estate and Spa in Cultra on Friday, June 14. It will be hosted by UTV’s Pamela Ballantine and Cool FM’s Pete Snodden, with the radio station also media partner.

Terry Robb, Head of Personal Banking at main sponsor Ulster Bank NI said: “The Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards, in partnership with Ulster Bank, are a fantastic way of celebrating community heroes who make a huge difference to the lives of others.

“From working in branches right across Northern Ireland, we hear so many inspiring stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things for those in their communities. We are so proud to partner with the Sunday Life to give these people the recognition they deserve and let them know that these good deeds are not going unnoticed and how highly they are valued.

“Throughout the course of the partnership, we have been privileged to meet so many inspirational people, and I am sure we will once again be bowled over by this year’s entries. So, if you know of someone who deserves to be recognised then please submit your nomination before the deadline and let us recognise your local community heroes.”

Awards founder and Sunday Life and Belfast Telegraph deputy editor-in-chief, Martin Breen said: “Each year The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards serve as a timely reminder of all the good that exists here and how fortunate we are to be surrounded by so many inspiring individuals and organisations. Please help us to continue to spread this positivity by telling us who you think should be celebrated at this year’s awards.

To nominate someone, email, before 23:59, Monday 6th May 2024, telling us a little about the person you are putting forward for an award and why they deserve one.

For more information on the previous winners, visit