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What happened on Wear A Hat Day with Flowers

by Alexa Davies

Hundreds of people across the UK took part in our favourite floral fundraiser as Wear A Hat Day with Flowers made its return.

Taking place at the end of British Flowers Week, this campaign puts a fun twist on our classic Wear A Hat Day. With the sun shining, temperatures soaring and lots of colourful hats and flowers on display, it certainly felt like it kickstarted our summer!

Getting involved was simple. Pair a hat with flowers in any way you like and host a fundraising event or donate to help us get closer to a cure for brain tumours. We loved seeing lots of photos on the day and wanted to share just a handful of those who took part.

Like Whitley Lodge First School, where staff and pupils donned their hats in memory of Lee Patterson, who died from a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in November 2020. There was a spectacular array of hats on display and we especially like the sunflower adorned choice worn by Lee’s wife Kathy (pictured bottom right), who works as a higher level teaching assistant at the school.

Claire Green tagged us in this fabulous photo on Twitter ahead of wearing her elegant choice to a Wear A Hat Day with Flowers event with her choir. We’re sure they all looked and sounded amazing!

It was an afternoon of sunshine and smiles at Lydgate Lodge Care Home. There was live entertainment from a local singer who performed wartime songs and residents created their own floral hats. Our Community Fundraiser Saddia paid them a visit and said: “It was great day, with such a buzzing vibe and lots of laughter. All in all, a joyful, fun event!”

Check out Haleema Ali’s selection of hats, including one with flowers she handcrafted herself using a range of techniques. Haleema is an ‘artivist’ – an artist who uses their craft as a form of activism – and she created these hats inspired by the memory of Amani Liaquat, who died from a GBM in February, aged 23. Her creations incorporated a purple flower for Amani as purple was her favourite colour.

It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness about brain tumours and that’s exactly what Alison Goodrum did when she was interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk on the big day. Milliner Alison told presenter Edd Smith about her diagnosis with an acoustic neuroma, why she was taking part in Wear A Hat Day with Flowers and the gorgeous hat she created especially for the occasion. You can listen to Alison’s interview online here (from 22 minutes and 25 seconds).

It was a special day for our Chief Executive Sue Farrington Smith MBE as she and husband Justin donned their flower-adorned hats for a day at the races to mark their 27th wedding anniversary. Congratulations Sue and Justin!

If you took part in Wear A Hat Day with Flowers, thank you. We hope you had an amazing time and feel proud knowing that your efforts will help us get closer to a cure for brain tumours.

If you raised any funds offline or collected donations on the day, please now pay these in via JustGiving by clicking here.

When you pay in your donation, please do not tick the ‘Hide donation amount from public view’ option and please include your name as well as how and where you took part in Wear a Hat Day with Flowers when you’re asked to add a message. This is so we can make sure to allocate your fundraising to you and send you a letter and certificate to commemorate your fantastic achievement.

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