WHY TH­ESE HEART TRAUMA MUMS ARE PROUD TO WEAR THEIR PY­JA­MAS IN PUB­LIC

Be­fore they raise money for Chest, Heart and Stroke with the Wake Up Py­jama Walk at Stor­mont, Kerry McKit­trick talks to Julie McAl­lis­ter, who had a heart at­tack five years ago, and Jac­qui Sey­mour, whose lit­tle grand­son was di­ag­nosed with a heart de­fect be

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Wear­ing py­ja­mas in pub­lic? That’s a sure-fire way to hit the head­lines th­ese days. Even just nip­ping into the su­per­mar­ket in your dress­ing gown will earn you raised eye­brows and 20 min­utes on a phone-in ra­dio show.

Imag­ine the furore there will be then on Septem­ber 30 when hun­dreds of men, women and chil­dren gather at the Stor­mont Es­tate at 9.30am in their py­ja­mas. This time, how­ever, it’ll be for a good cause.

The walk is part of North­ern Ire­land Chest Heart and Stroke’s Wake Up cam­paign, which aims to high­light the fact that heart dis­ease has been one of the biggest killer here for the past 25 years. The char­ity is aim­ing to make this a full-on fam­ily event, so any­one can take part.

There will be mu­sic, face paint­ing, bal­loon mod­el­ling and a healthy brunch, spon­sored by Mace, for all par­tic­i­pants.

The route is dog and fam­ily-friendly, so there’s no rea­son not to take part.

Here we talk to two women about their rea­sons for tak­ing part in the Wake Up Py­jama Walk.

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