Wear a hat day: Over the course of a week, I quite often get emails from various charities seeking support for one thing or another.
The charity in question is Brain Tumour Research, who are a national charity working to fund a network of dedicated of dedicated research centres to improve treatments, survival rates and quality of life for patients, and ultimately find a cure.
They are the only national charity dedicated to research into brain tumours and campaigning to increase the national investment in brain tumour research.
They advise that Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age and they tear families apart. What’s more, they 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.
The further advise that there will undoubtedly be people in your local community affected by a brain tumour. You might already know who they are. They deserve our help. Becky Vines (from Shropshire) was one such person. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the young age of 23 years old. She was given just a year to live but, against the odds, gave birth to a daughter and survived for a further nine years. Sadly, she lost her fight against the disease and died at the age of 31. Christmas 2017 was her daughter Phoebe’s first without her Mum and the seven-year-old’s biggest hope is to raise as much money as possible to help scientists find a cure.
They advise that there are a few simple and easy things the people can do to help them fund the fight:
- Take part in our Wear a Hat Day on the 28th March – the UK’s premier brain tumour research fundraising event. The event is being supported by businesswoman, model, actress, and television personality, Caprice, alongside actor and author, Sheila Hancock CBE. Since it started in 2010, Wear a Hat Day has raised well over £1 million.
- Visit their website, to find out what’s happening and take part in some of the fundraising events that are taking place in your region.
- Spread the word by distributing some of our leaflets locally.
Now whilst there may be others that get more fully involved, I’ll definitely be taking part in 'wear a hat day' and would encourage anyone else to take part and help fund the fight to find a cure.