Julian struts his stuff for charity

Published Friday, 16 March 2012
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Popular UTV presenter Julian Simmons is set to host Julian's Fashion Flaunt next week, in a fundraising effort prompted by his recent life-saving heart surgery.

The event, featuring the latest Spring/Summer 2012 collections from House of Frazer, promises to be much more than just a fashion show - featuring Style Academy models, Ulster Hospital nurses and, of course, Julian himself.

"I spent nine weeks at the Ulster Hospital and I witnessed daily, at first-hand, the life-saving treatment that is performed in Ward 16," Julian said.

"So raising money for the ward and for the Chest Heart and Stroke is now something very dear to my own heart."

I did feel at one stage that this is awful, what’s gonna happen if I do pop my clogs? But I got to the stage really where I just thought what'll happen will happen; it’s nothing I can do.

Julian Simmons on UTV Live

Julian's Fashion Flaunt will be staged at Belfast's Europa Hotel by the same award-winning production team behind Fall For Fashion - with clothing styled by Sara O'Neill, hair by the artistic team from Toni & Guy and make-up by Oonagh Boman.

Sister Tanya Daly from Ward 16 at the Ulster Hospital, where Julian was treated, said staff were pleased that he had made an excellent recovery and delighted to be involved in the fundraiser.

"We would like to thank Julian for his continued support in raising awareness of the great work done in the Ulster Hospital and indeed throughout the health service in Northern Ireland," she added.

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke were also delighted to have their work supported by the event.

"Everyone knows somebody affected by a chest, heart or stroke illness and money raised through this event will be spent right here in Northern Ireland," fundraising director Siobhan Hanley said.

EXTERNAL LINKS / CONTACTS
NI Chest Heart & Stroke telephone: 028 90 320184
Tickets for Julian's Fashion Flaunt on Wednesday 21 March at the Europa - with early bird tickets priced at £20, rising to £25 - can be purchased from Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke by phone or email rhughes[AT]nichs.org.uk. Tickets are also available at the Europa Hotel reception.
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