National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Wear your hat today to help find a cure
It’s Wear A Hat Day and people are taking part in their droves to help find a cure for brain tumours.
If you’re not already involved, don’t worry. Just pop on a hat and make a donation – it really can be as simple as that!
Among those taking part in hattastic events are optician Andrew McNeill and his colleagues at Thompson Opticians in Liskeard and Newsome Opticians in Ivybridge (pictured). It’s after Andrew was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in January.
Also getting involved are staff and patrons of Ongar Leisure Centre in Essex, staff on the neuroscience ward at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, and instructors and surfers at Big Blue Surf School. They are all inspired by Ria Melvin who died from a GBM in December 2018, aged 23.
The family of Sophie Welburn and more than 100 golfers at The Darlington Golf Club will wear their hats whilst taking part in the inaugural Sophie’s Salver tournament at the club. Sophie was just five when she died from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in March 2022.
Cienna Ball was diagnosed with a grade 1 pilocytic astrocytoma last March and along with her fellow pupils at Penpol School, she will wear her hat today. Meanwhile, Cienna’s mum Carey is doing a nine-hour static cycle ride.
Plus, there are many more hattastic events taking place across the UK. If you are taking part, thank you.
If not, there’s still time to get involved and it doesn’t have to be as sophisticated as a Wear A Hat Day event. Join in on social media by wearing a hat, sharing a photo using #WearAHatDay and making a donation.
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40. With one in three people knowing someone affected, please get involved wherever you are. Together we will find a cure.
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