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Wear A Hat Day Ideas and Downloads

Coming up with good fundraising ideas can be tricky but that's where we can help. Over the years we've picked up some pretty good hints and tips to make your Wear A Hat Day the hattiest yet.

Wear A Hat Day Signature Brooches and Merchandise

Our Wear A Hat Day Signature brooches have been exclusively designed for Brain Tumour Research in collaboration with celebrated Milliners and Hatters. We are proud of our partnerships and the creative beauty of their designs. You can purchase yours here.

We also offer a fantastic range of Wear A Hat Day merchandise to help celebrate the day and raise vital funds for Brain Tumour Research. See our merchandise page for more.

Wear A Hat Day event ideas

Wear A Hat Day is great for bringing everyone together so get as many of your family, friends and colleagues involved!

Here are a few simple ideas to get you started but why not go for something much more ambitious? The bigger, the better and the more, the merrier!

Make your event fun and memorable – and have a fantastic day. You can download our event ideas as a PDF.

  1. Wear a Hat
    Ask everyone to wear a hat and donate.
  2. Coffee Morning, Hatty Lunch or Afternoon Tea
    Foodie fun with people you know.
  3. Hold a Raffle
    Everyone loves a good raffle!
  4. Hat Quiz
    Create your own or download our quizzes.
  5. #HatSelfie Photobooth
    Our ready-made selfie kits are perfect for your event!
  6. Big Hatty Bake-off!
    Get the taste buds going and the donations flowing!
  7. Hatty Walkabout
    Every step brings us closer to a cure.
  8. ‘Create Your Own Hat’ Competition
    Get those thinking caps on…
  9. Famous Hats Film Night
    Willy Wonka, Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes… who will you be?
  10. Hat Fashion Show
    Sell tickets; show off and sell hats.


We have loads of great downloadable content to help you with your fundraising. Click on the images below to download.

Get inspired

Every day is a hat day for Emma

Emma, whose husband Brian was diagnosed with a brain tumour, is wearing a different hat every day in March, which is of course Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

She is choosing from a great variety of hats, ranging from caps bought on holiday, fascinators for weddings and her Brain Tumour Research hat made by ethical company Kusan (available to buy here) to her more comical ones like the Jester and Where’s Wally hats. Emma then posts a daily photo on social media and asks friends and family to donate. 

Why not join Emma and extend Wear A Hat Day into Wear A Hat Week or Wear A Hat Month? 

After suffering a seizure at home, Brian, now 56, underwent surgery to remove a grade 2 oligodendroglioma which had been growing unnoticed for at least 10 years. He hadn’t had any signs previously that anything was wrong – no headaches, numbness nor blurred vision. 

Brian was taken to A&E where initially it was suspected he had suffered a stroke and he underwent several MRI scans. The results revealed he actually had a brain tumour – a huge shock for the devoted couple.

Happily, surgery removed around 98% of the tumour. Brian then underwent radiotherapy, followed by six cycles of chemotherapy which finished in June last year. His MRI scan in December was a definite cause for celebration as it showed that either the tumour had shrunk to be so small it was no longer visible, or that it had completely gone.

It was only when Brian was first diagnosed that Emma realised there was a national charity raising funds for research to improve the lives of patients and help find a cure almost on her doorstep in Milton Keynes.

Having called into the offices and met some of the team, Emma decided to volunteer for the charity on a regular basis. She is currently working hard to meet the growing demands for Wear A Hat Day fundraising packs and enjoys her time working alongside other volunteers who have become good friends.

Emma says that knowing she is making a difference and helping the cause to find a cure for patients less lucky than Brian is a huge motivation. 

This is Emma’s third year of wearing a different hat throughout Brain Tumour Awareness Month. We wish her all the very best and are sure that she and Brian will be a huge inspiration to others.

Man and woman looking at each other smiling

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