Businesses, schools and individuals across Leicestershire have taken part in a national fundraiser to help find a brain tumour cure.
The annual Wear A Hat Day fundraiser took place this year on Friday 29 March and saw people donning their hats to raise vital funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity. It’s the UK’s premier brain tumour awareness event and has raised over a million pounds since the charity was launched 10 years ago.
Toddlers at Lime Tree Day Nursery, which has nurseries in Loughborough, Barrow Upon Soar, Sileby and Quorn, were among those who took part. The children and staff members wore a sea of hats, from beanies to cowboy hats, trilbies to Panamas, baseball caps to novelty headpieces, on Friday 29 March. The fundraiser was backed by Nicky Morgan MP, who visited Lime Tree Day Nursery in her constituency of Loughborough ahead of the big day. Nicky was accompanied by Councillor Hilary Fryer, County Councillor for Quorn and Barrow, whose own son died from the devastating disease.
Andrea Mardel-Ferreira, one of the proprietors at Lime Tree Day Nursery in Loughborough, said: “It was great fun to see the children and members of staff donning their hats and I hope that we inspire other nurseries and schools to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.”
Nicky Morgan MP added: “Lime Tree Day Nurseries are a great childcare provider whose five nurseries are based in my Loughborough constituency. I’m delighted they are joining businesses, schools and individuals throughout Britain getting involved in Wear A Hat Day this year. I had a wonderful time at the nursery and would like to encourage everyone to get behind this vital cause.”
Eileen Smith, of Loughborough, also took part in Wear A Hat Day. Eileen lost her son Michael Smith to a brain tumour when he was just 27, three years after his diagnosis. Since losing Michael, Eileen and her husband Terry have raised more than £50,000 for Brain Tumour Research.
Eileen said: “It was a privilege to be invited to Lime Tree Day Nursery to see the wonderful hats the children were wearing. My thanks go to the nursery, parents and carers for supporting this event and recognising that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet have historically received just 1% of the national spend on cancer research. We had such fun raising awareness.
“I also attended a Wear A Hat Day event at Michael’s school, Burton-on-the-Wolds Primary School. They have been taking part in Wear A Hat Day for the past three years and it’s moving to see Michael’s legacy living on in this way. I even got to judge the best hat.”
Andy Robinson, headteacher at Burton-on-the-Wolds Primary School, added: “We are proud to support Brain Tumour Research and what better way for our pupils and staff to get involved in a fundraiser than to take part in Wear a Hat Day for the third year running. Sadly, brain tumours have impacted a number of pupils and staff at our school. We had great fun donning our headwear and raising money for a very important cause.”
Carrie Bater, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research in the Midlands, said: “We are very grateful to all those who have supported Wear A Hat Day across Leicestershire. Sadly, less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years. We cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.”
Wear A Hat Day is the culmination of Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March. The big day saw schools, workplaces, families and individuals across the UK fundraising and taking part in fun events to raise awareness of brain tumours and help fund life-saving research.
Funds raised will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK where scientists are focused in improving outcomes for patients and, ultimately, finding a cure.
To donate to Wear A Hat Day, please visit: www.wearahatday.org
Or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5*