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Adam's a national hero - at just 12

At just 12 years old, Adam Kerr has been hailed a national hero, an incredible young man and quite simply an inspiration at a glamorous awards ceremony.

When he was six, the Northern Ireland youngster donated bone marrow to save the life of his little sister Helen, who sadly did not survive.

He then helped his mother look after his younger brother Brian and has gone on to raise money for ill children and their families.

The schoolboy from Armagh received his national hero award at this year's 4Children and Take a Break Family Heroes Awards in London.

The ceremony was opened by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, and hosted by choreographer and TV judge Arlene Phillips and Magic FM DJ Neil Fox.

He was named the family hero for Northern Ireland before going on to beat 11 other regional heroes to win a £2,000 prize as overall national hero.

"I am very honoured to have won this special award. It was very humbling for me to hear what all the other winners had done.

"Helping other people helps me cope with Helen's death. I help them but they help me too. Mum was sad that Helen's not here to see me win but I told her she is in our hearts," said Adam.

Dance veteran Phillips said we can all learn from the brave example set by Adam and take inspiration from the way he has dealt with events in his life.

"Adam Kerr, the national winner, is an incredible young man. In his relatively short life he has faced real sadness and adversity and yet he works tirelessly to make life better for others," she said.

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