Published Monday, 26 August 2013
It really has been fantastic, the warmest summer for as long as I can remember and I've been lucky enough this year to have most of it off, for the first time in 17 years. I picked a good one, didn't I? I'll tell you what though; I've made the most of it and have been spending the majority of my free time with my husband and kids on Portstewart Strand. Who needs to go abroad when you live in such a beautiful place?
However, I'm not switching off from work completely and would love a little help from the great NI public in advance of the next series of The Magazine which starts again next month.
We began a regular slot called, "People Like You" during the last series which proved very popular. That's why we need some help to search for inspirational people out there who are making a real difference to people's lives but who don't always get the recognition they deserve.
They can be from any walk of life, the school dinner lady, the bus driver, the home help, the nurse, the volunteer, the football coach and we're looking for you to get in touch with the name of the person you would most like to see receive a "People like You" award.
During the last series, it was my great pleasure to surprise local chef Mark O'Reilly. Mark volunteers at the Children's Hospice and has brightened up the lives of many families, especially with his delicious puddings. We also recognised the work of dad James Magee who has raised money and awareness for the premature baby charity, Tinylife, following the birth of his twin sons.
We also heard about the incredible fundraising efforts of Paula Delaney who tragically lost her son Emmie in a terrible accident at her home, but who has gone on to tirelessly raise money for New Life Counselling which helped Paula and her family try and come to terms with what has happened. And, our final programme finished with a big surprise for the founding member of the fantastic Belfast Community Gospel Choir, Marie Lacey. For someone normally bursting with chat - Marie was pretty stuck for words on the roof garden that evening!
So if you would like to nominate someone you know for "People like You" simply click here,
And remember it's a surprise so don't tell them!
Don't know about you, but I love a good surprise!
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