Transforming lives in memory of his father

DIET expert Tom Brennan, the brains behind Kilkenny’s own ‘Operation Transformation,’ is hoping to raise money for the Susie Long Hospice Fund in memory of his late father.

DIET expert Tom Brennan, the brains behind Kilkenny’s own ‘Operation Transformation,’ is hoping to raise money for the Susie Long Hospice Fund in memory of his late father.

“My father, Edward Brennan, passed away 11 years ago. He died from lung cancer on January 29 and I wanted to mark his anniversary and the fact that it is five years since Susie Long went on The Joe Duffy Show to tell her story,” he said.

“I decided to raise funds for the Susie Long Hospice Fund by encouraging people to sign up to our very own ‘Operation Transformation’ which will kick off on February 2. I wanted to help to keep Susie’s memory alive and get a hospice built for the people of Kilkenny. By signing up to the challenge people not only raise funds for this very worthy cause but also get healthier and lose weight.”

A surveyor by profession, Tom decided to change his life and his job after gaining a lot of weight. “I put on three and a half stone, and it was a pair of jeans that made me change my mind. Since then I have changed jobs and founded BodyLight, which has a guaranteed weight loss. I am providing my services free of charge and all proceeds raised will go directly to the Susie Long Hospice Fund,” he said.

The ‘Shedding Pounds to Raise Euros Body Light Weight Loss Challenge for the Susie Long Hospice Fund’ promises to transform your body shape with a 10-week weight loss programme. Participants will aim to lose 14-18 pounds per person in the course of the campaign.

Two Kilkenny beauties, the Kilkenny Rose Sinéad De Butléir and Miss Kilkenny Derbhilia Coogan also lent their support to the challenge. “I am nursing out at St Luke’s and the need for palliative care is great. I also feel it is important that people are aware of the dangers of being overweight. It is amazing the amount of people in the local hospital who are overweight, especially children. It is a big problem. It is difficult for people to get started and motivation really helps. This challenge is a fantastic way for people to support this great cause and get healthy at the same time,” said Sinéad.

Derbhilia, who is from Castlecomer, said that being fit was hugely important to her. “I spent the summer working as a lifeguard by the river. When you exercise you feel better about yourself and you have more energy. It is a better way of life and I love doing it. I would really encourage people to sign up and get fit and raise money for charity at the same time,” she added.

For further information or to register, call Tom Brennan on 087 2228911 or see www.susielonghospice.com.