Volunteer Blood Bikers Fergus Lennon and Sharon Percival are leading the drive for this year’s Hidden Heroes Awards.
The awards honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to their community, workplace, family or through sporting accomplishments.
You can nominate now and among the categories is Unsung Hero, for which Fergus received a recognition award in 2016.
The Newbridge man revealed that a near-death experience made him want to “give something back” to the Irish health service.
“I had a heart attack when I was in my mid 40s and my heart stopped twice in the ambulance on the way to hospital,” explained Fergus.
“The paramedics brought me back to life. I can never repay that debt, but it was one of the reasons why I got involved in Blood Bikes in Ireland.
“It’s my way of giving something back.”
Blood Bikes operates eight groups across Ireland, transporting blood, blood products, donor breast milk and organ donation tissue to hospitals, hospices and other medical facilities free of charge.
Fergus set up the Leinster branch in 2013 and lifelong biker Sharon Percival is the only female motorcyclist on their team presently.
“I ride a large bike, the BMW RT1200, and some people do look surprised when I remove my helmet,” admitted the Laois woman.
Fergus and Sharon were at the Junior Genius Forest School in Baldonnell, Co Dublin to launch the awards with pupils dressing up in their favourite superhero costumes.
Hidden Hearing, Managing Director, Dolores Madden said: “We have heard some incredible stories of bravery, devotion and kindness since the awards began in 2011. All of us at Hidden Hearing look forward to honouring more Hidden Heroes at this year’s ceremony.”
Click here to make a nomination before Friday, August 9th!
All the shortlisted nominees will be welcomed to a star-studded gala celebration lunch in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin on September 9th, hosted by broadcaster Mary Kennedy.