A Slimming World consultant who lost one of her members to kidney disease is holding a fundraising event tonight (Thursday) in her memory.
Jackie Mulligan, who runs the Richhill and Tandragee branch, plans to raise money for the renal unit at Daisy Hill Hospital and honour the memory of Jocelyn Lyons.
Jocelyn (36), who had longstanding kidney problems, passed away on December 28 from kidney failure.
Said Jackie, “Jocelyn was the life and soul of our group. She had lost three-and-a-half stone with us and had reached target on Christmas week.
“Her mum said she was so determined to stick to her target weight that she didn’t eat the skin of the turkey at Christmas and wouldn’t take any dessert.”
She added, “Jocelyn was a very giving person who had time for everyone. We were devastated when we heard that she had died.
“She was a patient at Newry’s Daisy Hill renal unit I think it’s only right to support the place that supported her.
“Jocelyn had wanted to do something for the unit. She rally felt they helped her and gave her a better quality of life.”
The Free Food February night is being held at the new Fruitfield shop and restaurant on the Armagh Road, starting at 7pm.
There will be an opportunity to try different Slimming World dishes as well as tips on making healthy eating choices and cooking.
Said Jackie, “We will be asking for donations of £5 and the event is open to everyone who is interested in supporting a good cause and tasting some delicious food.
“The Fruitfield Farm Scullery have kindly offered to host the evening and they have been absolutely brilliant.”
The chef from the Scullery will be giving cooking demonstrations and offering some tips on how to switch to healthy alternatives, while Slimming World representatives will also be there with help and advice.
Daisy Hill Hospital renal unit was opened in June 1998 and provides a comprehensive renal service for the Southern Board area, including a patient support group.