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Celebrity Supporters

16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour every year

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 credibility and stature to the raise awareness of the shocking statistics and the need for wider public to get involved in fundraising in events like Wear A Hat Day in order to increase the investment in research. 

Charly Clive

Actor, writer and comedian

When she was 23 actor and writer Charly Clive discovered she had a tumour the size of a golf ball in her brain. She named it ‘Britney’ and wrote a sellout comedy show about it which is currently in development for television.

She told us: "Of course I’m delighted to support Wear A Hat Day. Everybody's brain tumour story is different but we can all come together as one voice on March 27th by wearing hats, raising awareness and donating money to Brain Tumour Research. Join me in having fun, looking good and making a difference."

Angela Barnes

Stand up comedian

Stand Up comedian Angela Barnes is supporting Wear A Hat Day for the first time in 2020 and there is a personal reason behind her decision.

She told us “This is such a brutal disease and the impact on the young is horrifying. It is so important that even at this very strange time we continue to support scientific research into brain tumours and luckily we can do this virtually on March 27th.

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Josh Widdicombe

Comedian and presenter

"When I was asked if I’d support Wear A Hat Day I thought: well ‘Big Hat or Small Hat’ is part of the comedy panel show Hypothetical that I host with James Acaster, so why not?

Then I learned about why Wear A Hat Day is so important. It raises awareness of the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40, and funds for the basic scientific research that is needed if we are to improve patient options and outcomes.

So please join me and wear a hat to support Brain Tumour Research and help us make a difference.”

Patrick Grant

Fashion designer and entrepreneur

"In March 2017 I met a remarkable young man who loved The Great British Sewing Bee and, together, we worked on a waistcoat. I remember him well; his name was Ollie Gardiner and he died from his brain tumour in November the same year. So for me the cause to improve funding for brain tumour research is personal and that is why I am supporting Wear A Hat Day 2020 and I’m asking you to do the same. 

"Two friends of mine have recently been diagnosed with brain tumours and have been successfully treated. Successful treatments come from scientific research and that is why we must invest in discovery science and translational research to make a difference, and to make a future where success stories are the norm, and we no longer have the tragic, heartbreaking stories of brain tumours taking children from their parents and parents from their children.

"Please join me wearing a hat on March 27th whether this is your first time supporting Brain Tumour Research, or if you have supported them for many years, because together will find a cure."

Jo Whiley

Broadcaster & DJ

“I have personal reasons for supporting Brain Tumour Research but think that the more people who know about the historically poor funding for scientific research into this devastating disease, the more we will get closer to improving patient options and outcomes. That is why I am supporting #WearAHatDay, a really fun way to raise awareness and make a difference. Join me and help to find a cure for brain tumours."

Rachel Riley

Television presenter and Mathematician

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. To improve options and outcomes for patients we need to invest more in scientific research. Raising awareness is vital, which is why I’m delighted to be supporting Wear A Hat Day on 27th March. Join me and have some hat-themed fun and together we can make a difference.”

Debbie McGee

Radio presenter, performer and Strictly Come Dancing finalist “It is a shocking fact that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“Funds raised through Wear A Hat Day 2018 will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK. Please get involved if you can – it’s simple and fun to take part.”

Caprice Bourret

Businesswoman, model and actor “I’m proud to be working with the charity and all those taking part in Wear A Hat Day. I want everyone to get involved! It’s such a fun event and anyone can take part. Let’s all put our hats on and so something positive and support the fantastic research going on right now. I’m determined to try to make a difference for the 16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.”

Sheila Hancock CBE

Actor and author “No-one can prepare you the news of a loved one being ill; 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. Some 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year - more funding is urgently needed so that one day we can find a cure. My family always show their support for on Wear A Hat Day - we hope to see lots of you doing the same!”

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. Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable! Please raise funds and awareness by wearing a hat, holding a fundraising event to get as many people as possible involved in helping 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!”

Ed Balls

Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and TV personality “I am delighted to lend my support to this wonderful campaign. Working together we will make a difference for those diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

Gillian Anderson

Actor “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."  Read more Show less

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.” Read more Show less

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.”

War Horse and Cast

In 2015, we were honoured and humbled when the team behind the multi award-winning stage show War Horse paid special tribute to a much-loved colleague, Vic Hamilton, on the eve of Wear A Hat Day. 
An employee for more than a decade in the National Theatre’s transport department, 60-year-old Vic lost his battle with a brain tumour just weeks before the campaign.

The puppets, cast and crew of War Horse were well known to Vic as his responsibilities included the collection and delivery of props, costume, lighting and stages for War Horse and many other productions. All got into the spirit of the occasion and no-one was exempt, even Harold the Goose – who rather ‘stole the show’ with his Easter bonnet!
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Garry Christian

Lead singer of The Christians Owner of one of the finest voices in popular music Garry Christian is a long-time supporter of Brain Tumour Research. Formed by three brothers his band The Christians lost eldest brother Roger to a brain tumour in 1998. Garry told us “It is really important personally that I support the work of Brain Tumour Research and I love wearing hats too so getting involved in Wear A Hat Day is something I do every year. I really urge everyone who reads this to do the same it’s fun and anyone can do it but remember to raise money and donate to Brain Tumour Research – they are making a difference and need all of us to work together.”

Jacqui Oatley MBE

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

Linda Robson

Actor 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, actor 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!"

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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 TV 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

Actor 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 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

Actor, model, musician and reality TV personality “Wear a hat not to cover your head but to open your eyes." 

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Lord Digby Jones

International businessman and cross bench peer in the House of Lords “Wear A Hat Day is a fun initiative to help fund vital research into brain tumours. I fully support it and urge you to do the same by wearing a hat, holding an fundraising event, and helping fund the fight against brain tumours.”

Paul Young

Singer, songwriter and musician

One of legendary performer Paul Young’s best-known songs is “Wherever I Lay My Hat” so what better star to support Wear A Hat Day? Tragically though Paul has a brain tumour story too having lost his wife Stacey to the disease just a year ago.

Pictured with his band, and looking suitably dapper, Paul told us “I am very supportive of Brain Tumour Research and their work.  I really hope loads of people get behind the 10th Wear A Hat Day to make it the hattiest ever”

Shane Richie


Shane first became aware of Brain Tumour Research when his EastEnders character Alfie Moon was part of a brain tumour storyline. His supportive Facebook posts about our work have been some of our best performing posts ever! 

Although Shane admits to being shocked at the stark statistics around brain tumours he is urging everyone to have some fun on Wear A Hat Day. Shane told us “It think it is a brilliant idea, not just because it has already raised over £1 million, but because absolutely anyone can take part. Go on get involved and make Wear A Hat Day Number 10 the biggest, best and hattiest yet!

Danny Clarke

Horticulturist and TV Presenter

Wear A Hat Day is supported by our ambassador Danny Clarke (the BBC's The Instant Gardener). Danny told us;

“My  sister, Margot, died of a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour at the age of 52 leaving a husband and young daughter. I want to do what I can to help the charity Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day is easy, fun and helps us to make a difference”.


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