She wowed the world with her singing during her life, and in death Bernie Nolan has been honoured for the charity work she carried out.
Bernie was honoured with the Inspirational Determination award at the 2013 Inspiration Awards for Women, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Sister Linda, who accepted the award with Bernie’s husband Steve Doneathy and daughter Erin, said: “It was an absolutely amazing experience for us all.
“We got the call to say she’d won and we all cried.
“Even at the presentation Lorraine Kelly was crying too.
“That was the thing about Bernie, everybody loved her.
“She’s one of the few people I’ve ever known that nobody ever had a bad word to say about.”
Steve said: “It is incredibly hard for myself and Erin these days, however if Bernie’s wonderful spirit can be used to help in the future, that would bring some comfort to us.
“Bernie believed that Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s research was crucial; and it’s reassuring to think she is still in people’s thoughts, and making a difference to people’s experience with this terrible disease.”
Chris Askew, chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: “Bernie was a truly inspirational woman who became a cherished part of the Breakthrough family.
“Her spirit and determination spurred us all on and will continue to do so.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer was Bernie’s chosen charity and, in order to help continue the life-saving research she was so passionate about, the charity have set up a Tribute Fund in her name.
To donate to the Bernie Nolan Fund visit breakthrough.org.uk/bernienolan