Newry woman recognised at SuperStars event

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Monday, December 18th, 2017

For months now, SuperValu has been searching for Northern Ireland’s SuperStars; the unsung heroes who go out of their way to do something special for their loved ones, neighbours, work colleagues and communities. 

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And Co Down girl, Anita Dennison (21) from Newry was named joint 2nd place whilst Charlie Wright (10) from Killyleagh, took joint 3rd place, both winning SuperValu shopping vouchers and a framed certificate.



At a glittering ceremony at Titanic Hotel, Belfast, all 36 finalists had their time to shine when host, Clare McCollum, told a packed room filled with family and friends, exactly why each SuperValu SuperStar was chosen.

“It was an incredibly humbling night”, explained Desi Derby, Marketing Director, Musgrave. “To hear how these “SuperStars” make their communities a better place, was a privilege and we’re delighted to be able to shine a light on them in this way.”



The standard of entries was so high that the judges named joint-second place and joint-third place SuperStars but there was only one winner.

Desi continued,  “All 36 of our SuperValu stores across Northern Ireland was represented at the final, so on behalf of all our colleagues and independent retailers I’d like to congratulate each and every one of our SuperStar finalists.”

The 2017 SuperValu SuperStar winner was the incredible Jasmin Foster (19) from Kells, County Antrim. 



Joint second place went to SuperValu SuperStar, Anita Dennison from Newry.  The judges said, “Anita was severely bullied both online and off from ages 11 to 16.  Bravely, Anita made the decision to fight back in a positive way. 

“She decided that she would become a voice for the voiceless which has allowed her to completely turn her own life around and the lives of many others.

“Pressing home the anti-bullying message online and reaching out to those troubled by related mental health issues, Anita has spoken at national and international events and was in America earlier this year as part of her relentless work to combat bullying.



The judges added, “Now training to be a Childline counsellor, Anita has been picked as a UK #iWill ambassador, promoting positive social action by working with young people worldwide. She told us she was using her negative past to help as many people as possible.”

Check out SuperValu’s Facebook page,, to see photos from the final including photos of all 36 finalists.


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