Famous Supporters

Wear A Hat Day has gained significant celebrity support since the first event in 2010. We are extremely proud to have the backing of some very well-known faces and personalities; many of whom having been touched personally by the tragedy of a brain tumour. They have united with our cause and we are so grateful to them for using their high public profiles to draw attention to the premier brain tumour awareness event in the UK. 

Sarah Beeny

Entrepreneur, Property Expert and TV Presenter

“I am delighted to be an ambassador for Brain Tumour Research and to support Wear A Hat Day again in 2015. Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable ! Please raise funds and awareness on March 27th by wearing a hat. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”




John Newman 

Singer and musician.

"I was shaking I was so scared when I was told I had a brain tumour and it was a neurosurgeon who saved my life. To keep improving outcomes for others at my age that are being diagnosed with a brain tumour, we must seriously increase the funding for the research into this disease. I am delighted to bring awareness of Wear A Hat Day to all my fans and am asking everyone to please get involved make a donation to Brain Tumour Research. Let’s fund this fight together!”






Sheila Hancock

Actress and author.

“No-one can prepare you for how devastating it is when a loved one becomes ill and when Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of four, it was devastating for us all.  Jack is now an accomplished young man and together we want to help raise awareness of the need for further research into such a distressing form of cancer. My family was lucky but 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year and there desperately needs to be further funding in place to one day find a cure. My family will certainly be showing their support for Brain Tumour Research and its member charities on Wear a Hat Day and hope to see lots of people doing the same.”


Gillian Anderson

Internationally acclaimed actor and supporter Gillian Anderson lost her brother to a brain tumour in 2011. 

“Brain Tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other form of cancer and yet research into this devastating disease is seriously underfunded. At best, research equals a cure. At worst, we still have improved outcomes for patients. We need to put much much more money into research, and that is why I’m supporting Brain Tumour Research and their excellent Wear A Hat Day campaign. Please join me and Wear a Hat during the UK’s premier brain tumour awareness event."  


Dr Dawn Harper

Doctor, media personality and TV presenter

“All GPs can tell you of someone whose plight has stayed in their memory. For me I remember being called out in the evening to a patient in the final stages of his fight against a brain tumour. Not only did this poor man’s distress resonate with me, but it was all the more heart-breaking treating the patient whilst his eight year old daughter looked on. Too many children have lost parents prematurely and parents should never have to lose their children to this devastating form of cancer. We must act to improve outcomes for patients and increase funding into brain tumour research. In my role as a new ambassador for Brain Tumour Research, I am asking you to get involved in Wear A Hat Day – a fun-filled day for a vital cause. Help fund the fight.Together we will find a cure.”


Ricky Hatton, MBE

Former champion professional boxer

“I am really happy to wear this top hat to support Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research. We need to raise funds to find out more about the biggest cancer killer of our children and you can have a laugh at the same time”





Garry Christian 

Lead singer of The Christians 

“I’m really delighted to be associated with Brain Tumour Research and their Wear A Hat Day campaign – I feel for every family going through the same turmoil at the hands of this vicious disease that my family did and hope as many of you as possible will join me in wearing a hat and raising funds and awareness for this vital cause.”




Jacqui Oatley 

Sports broadcaster

“Brain Tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. They are indiscrimate and can strike at any time of life. I’m supporting Wear A Hat Day on March 27th because I know the devastation brain tumours cause. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”










Linda Robson

Actress and TV presenter.

“I’m delighted to be able to help such a wonderful and passionate charity. My closest cousin Jackie had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and I’m amazed by the lack of funding being made available for this terrible and life-threatening disease, so I’m doing what I can to help raise awareness and increase support for Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day. Will you join in and help all of those affected?” 





Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) & Nancy Sorrell

Jim is a comedian, artist and actor.
Nancy is a model, actress and TV presenter.

“As parents with a young family, we know how much this disease can devastate entire families. So gather your children, your family and friends, and come together for this fantastic campaign, Wear A Hat Day. Any hat will do, just put it on your head and help us to fund the fight against brain tumours. Oh, and don’t forget to send them your great pictures!”

Did you see Vic's Hat Dance on YouTube?

"It's better than wearing a turnip, honest!"


Philip Treacy


“As a patron of Brain Tumour Research I am proud to support their annual Wear A Hat Day campaign again in 2015. We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres. Please wear a hat for Brain Tumour Research on March 27th. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”

Photograph by Kevin Davis



Rachel Trevor-Morgan


“I am delighted to support Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day. I am always trying to encourage people to wear more hats – what a perfect way to raise awareness and make a statement for such an important cause."





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Vivien Sheriff


"Wearing a hat for many people is a transforming experience, people feel elevated and their feelings are uplifted. Brain Tumour Research’s Wear A Hat Day is a smart idea; it works on so many levels. For many of the fundraisers it is a fun, easy way to support Brain Tumor Research’s work. It’s so simple to get involved, wearing a hat feels great and you can raise vital funds at the same time.

I’ve been delighted to design the hat that has inspired a brooch for Wear a Hat Day and to become more officially involved. It’s been a thought-provoking process for me, as during the design process, I’ve reminisced about my friend, who died from a brain tumour. This has made the experience both meaningful and poignant."



Kevin McCloud


Author, broadcaster and designer

“Increase awareness of what can happen in the head by wearing something on it this March. Wear a Hat Day is the proper way to support Brain Tumour Research in their quest to find a cure for this silent killer. Brain tumours can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough. I know because I have lost two people close to me who were diagnosed with brain tumours. So the more money we can raise to support further research into new treatments, the better.” 




Ian Reddington


"Wear A Hat Day is such a great initiative to raise awareness and vital funds for brain tumour research. Having read the stories of so many children, young adults and mums and dads that have been affected I couldn’t help but get involved and I implore business leaders and the general public to get involved too.” 





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Richard Hammond

Presenter, writer and journalist.

"Hats off to Brain Tumour Research's Wear a Hat Day!!"








Tom Chambers

Actor, Dancer and popular television personality.

"I was shocked to discover that the prognosis for a brain tumour patient hasn't significantly improved for a generation. The only way we will improve outcomes for patients is through research so that's why I'm supporting Brain Tumour Research."




Rula Lenska 

Actress and conservationist.

“Brain tumours can affect anyone at any time at any age and we still don’t really know what causes them. They are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet the research to find a cure receives just one per cent of the national spending. Get involved in Wear A Hat Day on 28th March and raise vital funds for Brain Tumour Research”




Nigel Havers

FIlm and TV actor.

"I fully support Brain Tumour Research and their Wear A Hat Day campaign. You can have fun wearing any kind of hat whilst raising awareness for an important cause. It is shocking that just one per cent of the national spending on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. Everyone should get involved in Wear A Hat Day to fund the fight and raise money for Brain Tumour Research."



Brigitte Nielsen

Danish actress, model, musician and reality television personality Brigitte Nielsen whose teenage son has twice fought a brain tumour. 

“Wear a hat not to cover your head but to open your eyes." 







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Digby Lord Jones 

UK Business Ambassador and former Director General of the CBI Digby, Lord Jones was knighted for his services to business in 2005. In July 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment and became a life peer taking the title Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt.  Now, in addition to his role as an active crossbencher in the House of Lords he serves as Chairman of the International Business Advisory Board at British Airways, Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Senior Advisor to HSBC and is Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and JCB.  We are delighted that he has chosen to support our Wear a Hat Day campaign.

“Wear a Hat Day is a fun initiative to help fund vital research into brain tumours. I fully support it and urge you to join me on March 28th by wearing a hat and helping to fund the fight against brain tumours.”

Dave Myers 

Hairy Biker and TV chef.




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