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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year

Don’t let lockdown get you down … take part in #WearAHatDay and help find a cure for brain tumours

People up and down the country are spreading cheer and having fun at home today by wearing hats, caps and bonnets in support of #WearAHatDay

We’re already seeing teleconferencing trilbies, self-isolating Santa hats and home-schooling helmets. Pets in hats pictures are finding their way onto social media too. Join the thousands of people across the nation holding or joining events virtually on Facebook, Skype , WhatsApp, Instagram, Facetime and video calling systems like Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts.

Now – more than ever – Brain Tumour Research needs your help, as the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) means we are facing a 50% loss of our annual income in just three months.

Supermodel and businesswoman Caprice Bourret, who is a brain tumour survivor and Patron of Brain Tumour Research, is among those tipping her hat to those taking part. Other celebrities backing this year’s campaign include TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley, Strictly finalist Debbie McGee who lost husband Paul Daniels to a brain tumour, and singer and musician John Newman who is also a brain tumour survivor.

Across the country, folks have changed their plans to support the event whilst staying at home and many have found great comfort in a renewed sense of community spirit as people support each other in these unprecedented times.

Our spokesman Hugh Adams who, let’s face it, is rarely seen without a hat, said: “We are extremely touched by our wonderful community and the lengths they are going to in order to support us during this time. This unprecedented public health crisis means we are looking at a potential loss of 50% loss in annual income over the next three months. This equates to £2 million. This is a massive financial hit for us and could mean that charity-funded research into brain tumours will stop and the vital progress we have made so far will be lost. This pandemic demonstrates to us all the importance of science and we need people’s help now more than ever before.”

One of the most creative examples we have seen so far – and it is SO 2020 darling – is this toilet roll creation designed, made and modelled so beautifully by @fizzysnood 

 

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