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Outstanding Contribution to the Community - John Linehan

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John Linehan, better known as May McFettridge, receiving his award with Belfast Telegraph Editor, Mike Gilson
John Linehan, better known as May McFettridge, receiving his award with Belfast Telegraph Editor, Mike Gilson
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.MC Julian Simmons with May McFetteridge
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 6Patrick Nelson, CEO Irish Football Associationwho presented Spirit of Youth award.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 4Best Neighbour award sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport(L-R) Peter McMullan and Michelle Hatfield, Corporate Responsibility Director Ð George Best Belfast City Airport.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 7Best Art / Sport / Community Project sponsored by bmi babyWinner Midnight Street Soccer.(L-R) Stafford Ward, William Gorman, Craig Kernaghan and Julian Carr, Managing Director bmi baby.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 8Service with a Smile sponsored by firmus energyNeil Holland, Head of Sales and Marketing, firmus energy along with winner from Daisies Café.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 9Best Street Ð sponsored by AirtricityRay Burgess, Marget Couchman,Wayne Millar, NI Domestic Sales Manager, Airtricity and Charlie Lawson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 1Best Enterprise awardWinner Ð North Stone NI(L-R) Mike Gilson, Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, Ryan McQuillan, Noreen Kennedy and Jim Leitch.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Best School, sponsored by KingsmillWinner Belfast Hospital School.Michelle Godfrey, Finbar Conlon, Hayley McKee and Peter Henry, General Manager, Allied Bakeries Ireland (ABI).
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Best Street Ð sponsored by AirtricityRay Burgess, Marget Couchman,Wayne Millar, NI Domestic Sales Manager, Airtricity and Charlie Lawson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Brandon McMillan, Joe Leebody and David Anderson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Stafford Ward, Craig Kernghan and Ted Kernghan.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Alan Coates and William Gorman.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Leanne Sturgean and Paula Brown.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Glenn Wray Linda Henry, Cathrine Wells and Elenor Taylor.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Hugh, Molly and Julia Gulmartin
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Lucy Lakewood, Molly Gulmartin and Amanda Steele.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Deborah McAleese, Vicky O'Hara, Emily Moulton and Jonathan McCambridge
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Hilary and Colin Anderson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Sinead O'Conor, Majella McCloskey, Ribh Brownlee and Jean McCloskey.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Residents from Iris Mews on the Springfield Road.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 2Best Garden award, Winner Divis Tower Community Garden.(L-R) Frank Hutchinson, Geard Mullan and Jim Taggert.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 3Best School, sponsored by KingsmillWinner Belfast Hospital School.Michelle Godfrey, Finbar Conlon, Hayley McKee and Peter Henry, General Manager, Allied Bakeries Ireland (ABI).
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 5Best Volunteer award presented by Majella McCloskey, Director CO3 along with winner Pat McKay.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Brandon McMillan, Joe Leebody and David Anderson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Stafford Ward, Craig Kernghan and Ted Kernghan.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Alan Coates and William Gorman.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Leanne Sturgean and Paula Brown.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Glenn Wray Linda Henry, Cathrine Wells and Elenor Taylor.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Hugh, Molly and Julia Gulmartin
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers with Charlie Lawson
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers with Charlie Lawson
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.The cast of Les Miserables
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Synchronised Aerialists Barren Carrousels and singers Hannah and Mary Frances
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.John Linehan better known as May McFettridge before receiving his award
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 10Carer in the Community presented by Baroness May Bloodto winner Adam Kaleta.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 11999 Hero presented by Liam McIvor, CEO Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to winner Glen Wray.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Best Art / Sport / Community Project sponsored by bmi babyWinner Midnight Street Soccer.(L-R) Stafford Ward, William Gorman, Craig Kernaghan and Julian Carr, Managing Director bmi baby.
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Bill Matthews and Toni Lynne Bayliss
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Simon Wells, Glen Wrea, Daniel Wrea and Lydia McLaughlin
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Stacey Pollock and Charlotte O'Neill
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Archie Weir, Barbara Weire, Rosemary Dodds and David Dodds
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Norman Carlisle, Joe Dornan, Stephanie Campbell, Ross McIlwaine, Trevor Wray from Daisies Cafe
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Lillian McCann, Marie Pollock, Bridgit Simms
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Ryan McQuillan, Paula Leitch and Jim Leitch
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Peter Mullan and Myleen Marshall
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Guests of sponsors Airtricity

Comedian John Linehan, aka May McFettridge, has used his/her humour, skill, time and contacts to help raise hundreds of |thousands of pounds for charities across Northern Ireland.

When the Belfast Telegraph and SPAR thought of who deserved the inaugural Making The Difference Outstanding Contribution to the Community award, John Linehan’s name was at the top of the list.

To ensure the cat wasn’t let out of the bag ahead of the glittering awards ceremony at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, we swore everyone to secrecy and asked John to come along and present an award for us.

John praised the Belfast Telegraph and SPAR for coming up with such an innovative event, and said he was stunned when he realised he was receiving an award rather than presenting one.

“I was not expecting that! It’s lovely to receive an award and a great surprise,” he said.

“The family were all sitting in their pyjamas, telling me they would see me in the morning.

“It just goes to show you that a woman can get ready in one-and-a-half hours and it doesn’t need to take all night! It’s a privilege that I am in a position to help people. I’ve always said all you need is enough to keep you going, so if you can do a bit for someone, do it.

“The Making The Difference awards are a great idea. There are so many great people out there that do a lot for people and their community. People don’t think of all the carers. The work that they do goes unnoticed.

“It was lovely of the Belfast Telegraph and SPAR to do this for the people.”

John’s wife Brenda was hidden in the darkness of the Grand Opera House audience to see her husband receive his outstanding contribution award, as were his two daughters Donna and Kerry, and his grandson Johnny.

Brenda said: “It was such a |surprise for him.

“The look on his face when he found out was terrific. He hadn’t got a clue, God love him!

“He didn’t know we would be there. He said to us about coming along to watch the awards, so we all lied to him. Kerry told him she was going out and just before he left the house I even told him to take his keys!

“We are all so proud of him. Not a lot of people know about all the charity work he does.

“He just goes about doing it. He loves it and wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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