Bravo Charlie Tango Motorcycle group member Robert Shaw is Longford's ‘Inspirational Hero’

Robert selflessly gave his time to help source much needed PPE and deliver it all over the country

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FOLLOWING a nationwide search to uncover Ireland’s most inspirational people, Robert Shaw from Longford is celebrating after being named an Inspirational Hero in the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards.

Nominated by family and friends for the Inspiration Award, Robert’s entry stood out for his hard work and determination.

Robert was a key part of the Bravo Charlie Tango Motorcycle group, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation established in the early stage of Covid 19, to protect and support front-line health care workers.

Throughout lockdown, Robert selflessly gave his time to help source much needed PPE, collect, organise and deliver it all over the country.

In late May, early June Robert organised and distributed frozen desserts, donated by Lily O’Brien’s, to every nursing home and hospital in the Longford and Roscommon area.

Inspirational people from across Ireland were nominated for the Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards, with 26 inspirational county heroes being named from the hundreds of entries received.

Each of the 26 award-winning heroes demonstrated how they have made Ireland a better place with their selfless acts and inspirational deeds during the Covid-19 crisis, and how they have gone above and beyond for others in their local community.

Gary Desmond, CEO of Gala Retail commented:

“This year Gala Retail teamed up with Virgin Media for the Inspiration Awards as we wanted to deliver a national platform to shine a light on and reward the amazing people who have become true heroes during life under lockdown and who are making a real difference to Irish society.

“2020 has been hugely difficult for everyone however, it has also demonstrated the immense community spirit that exists within Irish communities. Operating in communities throughout Ireland, Gala Retailers have seen first-hand some of the great work that people have been doing and we are proud to have been able to recognise some of these inspirational individuals. We were overwhelmed by the level of nominations we received and Robert along with the fellow inspirational heroes are true examples of people who are making Ireland a better place for us all.”

2020 marks the second year of the Gala Retail Inspiration Awards created as a way of celebrating the selfless acts and inspirational deeds of people in Ireland who are making the country a better place.

As a community retailer with 175 convenience stores nationwide, Gala store owners often hear of inspirational stories in their local communities, and this year’s Gala Retail and Virgin Media Inspiration Awards have elevated Ireland’s unsung heroes onto a national stage, giving these inspirational people the recognition they deserve.

Gala Retail has gifted €20,000 of prizes to the winners, with 26 county winners being awarded with luxury stays in some of Ireland’s most beautiful Blue Book properties. For further information, see www.gala.ie.