The death has taken place of one of Clare’s great local fundraisers, Linda Lee Drennan. Linda, the mother of the late Katie Drennan, has helped raise millions of euro for local charities over her years of fundraising.
A dedicated and passionate woman, she began her fundraising work in the 1990s when she became involved in the Breath Of Life Campaign. Through this campaign, she raised €5,000 to fund the purchase of a hospital bed for people suffering from cystic fibrosis. It was a sign of big things to come.
She was one of the founding members of TLC4CF, one of the most successful charities to operate in Ireland in recent decades. The charity, which spanned Clare, Limerick and Tipperary, has completely changed the level of care available to people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland.
Among their many achievements was building a new inpatient and outpatient CF unit at University Hospital Limerick, built entirely through donations. They also provide ongoing support and equipment for people with CF in the Mid-West.
Alongside the hard slog of fundraising, Linda also invented the TLC4CF name and chose its unique purple colour, which has since been adopted by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
After the sad death of Linda’s daughter, Katie, in February of 2015, she turned her energy to another great project, the Truck Run 4 Katie. The event, which has been hosted twice, has raised close to €360,000 for charity.
As part of the Truck Run 4 Katie, Linda also challenged Revenue to wave the VAT on items purchased by registered charities. After a two-year-long battle, she succeeded in this goal, which has led to a further €30,000 being refunded by Revenue to her charity. This campaign with Revenue will benefit charities all over Ireland for decades into the future.
Linda passed away peacefully at Milford Hospice on January 11, 2019.
She was the beloved wife of Eugene, the loving mother of Jordan and the late Katie and daughter of Doris and Denis Lee. She will be sadly missed by her husband, son, parents, her sisters Susan and Janet, her brothers Denis, David, Derek, Colum, Barry, Keith and Roger, her godchildren, brothers in law, sisters in law and the wider Drennan and Lee families and many friends.
She was laid to rest on Sunday at the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Doolin. Donations, if desired, to the Mater Heart and Lung Transplant Unit.
The Clare People would like to extend its sympathy to the Drennan and Lee families.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.