Local girl Orla McDade was presented with the Antrim Community Excellence award for Personal Achievement.
The award recognises individuals who, despite seemingly insurmountable problems resulting from personal ill-health, family circumstances or personal tradegy continue to lead active selfless lives in our community, working for others and contributing to society in general.
Since the age of 18, Orla has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the debilitating illness from which she suffers. She graduated from university in 2013 with a 2:1 degree despite having to take a year out following a three month hospital stay and three emergency surgeries due to her condition.
She has recently set up a new charity, Let’s Talk Chrohns and Colitis, which aims to provide support to those affected by inflammatory bowel disease.
She chairs the charity and is a trustee with two other young sufferers. She has lots of plans for the year ahead and is always thinking of ways to reach out to those affected by IBD.