FROM the hospital wards to the catwalk, University Hospital Limerick staff will put together a charity fashion show, in aid of the trauma ward in Dooradoyle and Spinal Injuries Ireland, next week.
Hosted by Celia Holman Lee, the event will take place at the Strand Hotel on Wednesday, November 4, at 8pm.
Bruff resident Johnny Ryan, who used to work in the trauma ward, was left paralysed four years ago following a 15-foot fall while cutting branches off a tree, at the age of 23. He said that it is great that the fashion show proceeds will go towards charity and trauma ward.
“I was actually rostered to work that night and instead I came in as a patient. I had suffered what they call a complete spinal injury, where the spine is severed. It is one of those injuries where it is immediately evident you have a huge problem,” he said.
He added that the trauma ward “acts as a long-stay unit for certain categories of patients with spinal injuries. So I am very familiar with the work done both in the trauma ward and by Spinal Injuries Ireland.
He said that Spinal Injuries Ireland is “at the very top end when it comes to counselling and giving supports” to those affected.
“They stay in touch by email and on the phone. They stick with you and they are there for you.”
UHL night nurse manager Nicola Quinn said that the fashion show is “all about staff giving something back”, and that there are a lot of young people in the Midwest who have suffered spinal injuries.
“It is a life-debilitating injury and we thought it would be a great cause to focus on because people need support over many years,” she said.
Ms Holman Lee said that the charity and the trauma ward at UHL are “amazing” and that there are a lot of fashion stores in Limerick involved in the event.
Tickets cost €25, and will include a drinks reception and entry into a raffle with spot prizes. The best dressed at the event will receive a Brown Thomas voucher. Tickets can be booked by calling 087-4574323, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or bought at the door.