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Ulster's children of courage set to be honoured

ULSTER'S children of courage are set to be honoured at a star-studded awards ceremony in London tomorrow.

ULSTER'S children of courage are set to be honoured at a star-studded awards ceremony in London tomorrow.

Eight youngsters from all over the province, who have tirelessly worked to help others despite a disability or illness, will be rewarded for their amazing achievements.

The brave children are among 150 specially selected throughout the UK to scoop the annual Child of Achievement honours.

The red carpet will be rolled out for them at a glittering bash in the Hilton Hotel in London, where they will have the chance to brush shoulders with their favourite television stars.

The celebrities, who include former EastEnders cast member Patsy Palmer, chat show queen Gaby Roslin and top chef Gary Rhodes, have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend the spectacular event.

Ulster's special children include Lisa McAleer (11) from Tyrone, Rachel Scarlett (10) from Londonderry; Casey Donaghey (5) from Derry; Conor McBride (7) from Co Down; Debbie Smith (10) from Co Fermanagh; Rosemary Traynor (16) from Co Antrim; Dermot Ward (10) from Derry and Aaron Campbell (5) also from Derry.

Each with their own harrowing experiences, the youngsters have shown a tremendous will to help others in the face of adversity.

Organisers of the event have promised a fun-packed night for all of Ulster's young stars.

The Child of Achievement's patron, former Prime Minister John Major, said: "Each of the award winners has a story to tell, demonstrating the strength of character and purpose which makes them so deserving of recognition."

First Minister David Trimble said the children were an "inspiration to us all".


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