2012’s Biggest Lunch is a worthwhile munch

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Monday, April 30th, 2012
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Carla Smyth, NI Chest Heart & Stroke’s fundraising co-ordinator for Newry and Armagh joins TV’s Julian Simmons and Adrian Garvey of O’Brien’s sandwich bars at the launch of the charity’s Hearty Lunch.

It’s Northern Ireland’s biggest lunch date of the year – and anyone taking part is has the chance to win a number of tasty prizes, including a cookery masterclass with TV’s Jenny Bristow. The ‘Hearty Lunch’, organised by health charity NI Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) and supported by O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar will be held on June 15th and will encourage people to host a meal, invite friends and charge each of them a modest fee, which will be donated to the charity’s work. The event got off to a flying start as UTV’s Julian Simmons – who recently underwent cardiac surgery – gave it his stamp of approval. Other names from the worlds of TV, film and sport will be signing up to take part in the coming weeks. Julian enthused, “The Hearty Lunch will be the biggest lunch date of 2012, so sign up now to get your information pack and support a great local charity. I know from experience how important its work is throughout Northern Ireland.” NICHS is also issuing a challenge to host the most extreme lunch – the highest, the lowest, the wackiest, the biggest or whatever else takes your fancy. All ideas are welcome, provided they pose no risk to the participants. The best in this section will win a masterclass with Jenny Bristow and an Olympic-style medal to put on their Facebook or Twitter profile. A free sandwich from O’Brien’s is also on offer to the first 50 people to sign up to host a Hearty Lunch. The first 20 businesses to register have a chance to win a lunchtime platter to get the party going. The first 5 people to raise more than £500 will go into a prize draw to win a masterclass with Jenny Bristow, while 10 people raising more than £300 will have their names entered in a draw to enjoy free lunches for a month, thanks to O’Brien’s. In addition, the sandwich chain will donate all proceeds to the charity for every lunch it sells on June 15th. Siobhan Hanley, NICHS Fundraising Director said, “20 people a day in Northern Ireland die from a chest, heart or stroke illness. The Hearty Lunch will raise funds to support NICHS local services such as cardiac, stroke and respiratory support groups across Northern Ireland, as well as Stroke Family Liaison teams who help local families to cope with life after a stroke. ” O’Brien’s Director Adrian Garvey said, “We are very pleased to be able to support the work of NI Chest Heart & Stroke and underline the importance of healthy eating. Everyone in Northern Ireland knows someone affected by a chest, heart or stroke illness and this is a great, fun way of supporting those affected.” Ideas to get people started on the Hearty Lunch are being posted on the charity’s web site www.nichs.org.uk/heartylunch. To register for the Hearty Lunch or for an information pack contact NICHS on 028 9032 0184, email events@nichs.org.uk or visit www.nichs.org.uk  
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