Derry Stroke Group have invited everyone in the city to join in Northern Ireland’s biggest lunch date.
The Hearty Lunch is being held on June 17 to encourage people to host a simple lunch for friends for a modest fee to be donated to the charity.
The money raised will go to people living with stroke, respiratory illnesses and heart disease.
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke co-ordinator Mona Duddy said the scheme was a simple way for people to support a good cause.
“The hearty lunch is a fun and easy way to help raise funds to support services such as the Foyle Stroke Scheme, which supports people who have had a stroke,” she said.
“The weekly group gives support with emotional and physical aspects of recovery as well as being a great social outlet for people affected by stroke.
“The aim of the event is to encourage as many people as possible to have a healthy, cost effective meal and seek a minimum donation from each person attending.
“People might also want to hold other fund-raising opportunities at the lunch such as a raffle.”
Brian McCluskey, the NICHS appeal co-ordinator for Derry, added: “This is a simple way to support our work and at the same time have a nice lunch with friends.
“People could also get together at work to do a Healthy Lunch and help our work.
“Everyone knows someone affected by a chest, heart or stroke illness as 20 people a day in Northern Ireland die from these illnesses.
“So we would like people to sign up for a Healthy Lunch.”
Kingsmill is supporting the Healthy Lunch campaign. They will supply a free loaf to everyone who registers to take part in the campaign.
“We are very pleased to be able to support the work of the NI chest, Heart and Stroke,” said Kingsmill’s Victoria Brown.
“The Hearty Lunch is a great fund-raising event to be part of.”
More than half of all deaths in Northern Ireland are caused by chest, heart or stroke illness and heart diease and stroke kill more people each year than all the cancers combined.
More than 3,000 people each year here suffer a stroke.
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke runs three different services in Derry to help people recovering from stroke in the city.
They are the Foyle Stroke Scheme, the Young Stroke Group and the Stroke Family Liaison Service, which supports people and families immediately following a stroke.
They also have a Respiratory Support Group for people with severe bronchitis and emphysema as well as a Cardiac Support Group to held people with heart disease.