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Wear A Hat Day

Wear A Hat Day 2020 - THANK YOU!

Wear A Hat Day is one of the UK’s biggest and most important brain tumour research fundraising and awareness-raising days and this year we went big on digital!

A huge thank you to everyone who took part across the UK and the world, all your efforts are greatly appreciated, especially during these particularly challenging times!

We loved seeing your quizzes, virtual events and hat selfies across social media and once again with your support #WearAHatDay trended on Twitter UK

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If you missed the big day, our signature brooches and merchandise are still available. Learn more about them, and the meaning and motivations for Wear A Hat Day below... 

Signature Brooches and Merchandise

Our limited edition Wear A Hat Day Signature Brooches are always popular, and this year we have a very special 10th anniversary edition inspired by milliner Philip Treacy OBE.

We also have a wide range of Wear A Hat Day Merchandise available including pin badges, wristbands and even hats for your car.

Celebrity Supporters

We are thrilled that Wear A Hat Day attracts fantastic celebrity support, visit our Celebrity Supporters page to learn more and be inspired by some of our famous faces.

Be a winner this Wear A Hat Day!

Primary Times Magazine is proudly supporting Wear A Hat Day 2020, offering a prize of £100 in book tokens for the school which raises the most money per pupil. Terms and conditions can be found on our website here.

Families Magazine is delighted to offer a competition for Wear A Hat Day participants in 2020 to win a family holiday at an Away Resort of their choice in the UK. Further details plus terms and conditions can be found on the Families UK website here 

What's the connection between hats and brain tumours?

The connection is simple. Wearing a hat is not only fashionable, stylish and fun, but it also draws attention to the head and brain tumours, a devastating and at times ‘invisible disease’. 

Wearing a hat or one of our specially designed hat-themed pin badges is a sign of support for Brain Tumour Research, our mission and all those living with, or lost to, a brain tumour.

What’s the history of Wear A Hat Day?

Our first Wear A Hat Day was in 2010 so 2020 is our 11th year! In 2019, Wear A Hat Day raised over £330,000 for our vital and pioneering research.

Since 2010, it has raised over £1.5 million thanks to your hatty exploits!

Where does the money raised go?

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

Brain Tumour Research is uniquely focused on funding sustainable and long-term research into brain tumours at dedicated UK Research Centres.

The Charity is building a network of brilliant researchers and developing the next generation of world-class experts in neuro-oncology.

We’re also influencing the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally into this crucial area of medical research.

We’re campaigning for investment in brain tumour research to reach £35 million per year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia.

We are working to:

  • Understand the origins of brain tumours in order to create personalised treatments for each patient
  • Starve cancer cells of the energy they need to grow and expand
  • Repurpose existing drugs in order to increase options for targeting brain tumours
  • Identify mutations in low-grade brain tumours that dangerously accelerate tumour growth

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