The Spirit of Northern Ireland award gives recognition to those whose good deeds have previously gone mostly unnoticed.
Those nominated are ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to help others — people whose uplifting stories of selfless acts have touched the hearts of all they have come into contact with.
Of course those of us on this website know Charlene fits right into this category which is why she was nominated for this award run in collaboration with Specsavers, the Sunday Life and UTV.
But it was a night about Charlene and her achievements – and those achievements only happened because of her faith in God – her light still shines brightly – Glory to God!
On Monday 6th June in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast – Stacey Solomon pictured left (X Factor finalist and I’m a celebrity winner 2010) sang at the event, hosted by Malachy Cush and Tina Campbell from the UTV Seven Thirty Show which the whole Barr family attended.
Being nominated for the ‘unsung hero’ award, Charlene was up against some top class competition – other people who contribute so much and yet receive so little, so it really was an amazing achievement to leave as the winner of this class.
Janice (Charlene’s mum) said ‘she won, but we all know where her real reward is! I am so proud of her, what a privilege God gave to us all in allowing us to be her family!’
I think all of us who read this know that while Charlene gave the Barr’s so much in her short life, they in turn created the family which supported and encouraged her to go after her dreams.
What a great recognition for such a humble girl – ‘she would have been under the table with embarrassment if she’d been there’ said Janice. But it was a night about Charlene and her achievements – and those achievements only happened because of her faith in God – her light still shines brightly – Glory to God!
See the UTV report on the evening here: