Do you know an unsung Coleraine hero

THE search is on for Coleraine’s unsung heroes.

The 2014 Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards have just been launched and judges are looking for outstanding Coleraine nominations.

This annual awards ceremony, which will again be televised by UTV, seeks to honour all those who make a difference across Northern Ireland.

Judged by a panel from Sunday Life, Specsavers and UTV, last year’s winners included inspirational Wee Oscar Knox whose heroic battle with a rare and aggressive cancer captured the hearts and minds of the public.

This year they want your nominations for who you think deserves a 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 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

Email your nomination explaining in 50-100 words why you think this person is worthy of a Spirit of Northern Ireland Award to or fill in a form available at your local Specsavers store.

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday. April 22.