Following on from February’s World Cancer Day, Brain Tumour Awareness Day is encouraging thousands of Brits to wear a hat to help fund future research projects and raise awareness of brain tumours.
In the UK, we love nothing more than an excuse to wear a fabulously flamboyant hat – just ask the Queen! In fact, such is the nation’s passion for adorning our heads with brightly coloured attire that Ladies Day at Royal Ascot has become somewhat of an institution for hat aficionados worldwide. But there’s another annual event that hat enthusiasts should be getting excited about…and that’s Wear a Hat Day on Friday 28 March.
The popular fundraiser is now in its fifth year and sees thousands of Brits raising awareness and funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity by wearing a hat. Those who take part pay a £1 donation and it’s hoped this year’s event will raise the £1 million needed to fund a new Centre of Hope, which will be dedicated to brain tumour research.
The event runs throughout March and culminates on the official Wear a Hat Day on 28 March. Those with a penchant for panamas or a taste for trilbies organise events including; hat throwing competitions, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, hat fashion shows, Easter bonnet parades and hat walks. Anyone can take part and, in the past four years schools, colleges, universities, shops, offices and social clubs have turned heads with their eye-catching headgear.
According to the charity, brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. What’s more, research is woefully underfunded with less than one per cent of the national government spending on cancer research being channelled towards brain tumours.
In previous years, a number of famous faces have celebrated the event in full-hatted glory, including: Gillian Anderson, Brigitte Nielsen, Vic Reeves, Richard Hammond and Dave Myers. But most importantly, this is the nation’s only national brain tumour awareness campaign that generates funds for sustainable and continuous long-term research into brain tumours.
Do you want to get involved? Well hats off to you – it couldn’t be easier!
- Simply choose a day in March (before the 28th) to celebrate Wear a Hat Day and get your thinking hats on for a clever design.
- Promote your Wear a Hat Day and encourage as many people as you can to take part. Free A6 flyers and fridge magnets are sent out to everyone who registers.
- Publicise your event using a Brain Tumour Research press release template (these are sent out to you).
- Share your plans on social media including Facebook and Twitter.
- Once you have held your fundraiser, the money can be paid in by one of the following ways.
- For more information visit Brain Tumour Research.