Belfast Telegraph

Brave tot Oscar Knox is a true hero at the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards

By Stephanie Bell

The special men, women and children who sum up the true spirit of Northern Ireland were celebrated at a star studded awards ceremony hosted by Sunday Life and Specsavers in the Culloden Hotel on Friday night.

Celebrities from top British soap Emmerdale joined many local personalities from TV and the world of sport to applaud the finalists and winners in our annual Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers.

The 2013 awards culminated in a memorable night where guests were treated to a four course meal followed by some top entertainment by Queen tribute band Flash Harry and comedian May McFettridge before hearing the inspirational stories of our finalists.

The overall Spirit of Northern Ireland winner was four-year-old Oscar Knox whose heroic battle with a rare and aggressive cancer captured the hearts and minds of the Northern Ireland public.

The tot melted every heart in the room when he flashed the audience his big smile as he took to the stage to collect his award with his parents Leona and Stephen and little sister Isobella.

The audience who gave our 2013 winner a standing ovation remained on their feet as Queen tribute singer Flash Harry gave an emotionally charged rendition of the iconic anthem We Are The Champions.

Read the full story in tomorrow's Sunday Life