A group of slimmers from Clonmel are celebrating losing an incredible 122 stones as part of a community weight loss challenge, which raised much-needed funds for the End of Life room at South Tipperary General Hospital in the process.
The slimmers, who attended the Clonmel Slimming World group, joined the club’s 12-week ‘Let’s Beat Obesity Together’ weight loss challenge in February and they’re not just stones lighter, they’re healthier and happier too.
Slimming World launched the challenge in Clonmel to get people taking action to improve their weight and health and that of their families and loved ones. It also aimed to show that losing as little as 5% to 10% body weight in 12 weeks can have huge benefits on health and well-being.
General Manager of South Tipp General Hospital, Carole Broadbank, accepted the cheque from Denise Gregg, on behalf of the End of Life team at the hospital. “This donation is very gratefully received and is a massive contribution to the growing fund of charitable donations and money raised for this cause,” said Carole.
Each year almost 30,000 people die in Ireland, and while surveys suggest that the majority of people would like to die at home the reality is that the great majority currently die outside the home. Three quarters of all deaths now take place in hospitals, with 48% of deaths occurring in acute hospitals such as South Tipperary General.
Since 2007 the hospital has worked closely with the Hospice Friendly Hospital (HFH) programme to develop a comprehensive framework for the hospital in relation to dying, death and bereavement. Within the hospital there is a huge willingness on the part of all staff to support patients and families at end of life. The hospital took part in the first ever National Audit of End of Life Care in Hospitals in Ireland (2008-2009) and performed well.
56% of patients who die in the hospital do so in single rooms, compared to the national average of 44%; 75% of relatives stayed overnight compared to the national average of 69%. At least one person was present at 77% of deaths in the hospital, compared to the national average of 75%.
Denise Gregg, Slimming World consultant for the Clonmel group, is delighted with the results. “Let’s Beat Obesity Together has had a huge impact on our group and on Clonmel as a whole. We encouraged people in the local community to lose weight by making small changes in the way they shop, cook and eat and by becoming more active.
By meeting the challenge our members have reduced their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, become more mobile and they feel so much better. It’s been hugely rewarding to be able to show people that losing weight doesn’t have to mean going hungry.”
The Clonmel group meets every Monday at the Clonmel Park Hotel.