Fundraisers across Buckinghamshire take part in Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research

PUBLISHED: 10:35 18 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:35 18 July 2014

Grendon Underwoodf School went around the world with their hats

Grendon Underwoodf School went around the world with their hats


Thousands of fundraisers across Buckinghamshire took part in Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research, the only national UK charity purely dedicated to funding long-term and sustainable research into brain tumours, based near Buckingham.

Those wearing a hat make a donation to the charity and raise funds. Sarah Long, a Winslow resident, held an ‘open house’ Wear A Hat Day event in memory of her son Oscar, a former pupil of Winslow Primary, who lost his life to a brain tumour at the age of six. Sarah raised almost £1,000 at her event thanks to ongoing support from her local community.

Businesses taking part included BCQ Printers, Boyd Coughlan Accountants, Peopletime HR Consultants, Jury’s Inn, Hansford Sensors, Office Environment and Advanced Interior Solutions, Willowbank House business centre, JAUPT IT Systems, Chancery Llp Accountants Gyre & Gimble coffee shop in Buckingham, the Old Thatched Inn in Adstock, as well as ponies and riders at Akeley Wood Livery Yard.

Bucks County Council Service Director, Philip Dart encouraged hundreds of staff to put on their hats and also hold cake sales.

Staff and residents of two care homes held coffee and cake mornings. In Winslow, Swan Court care home took advantage of the occasion to also engage in some delightful hat decorating, while Carey Lodge residential care home for the elderly in Wing also held a ‘Hat’ll be the day’ 50’s music afternoon, raising around £200. Their fundraising was swelled significantly by additions from some enterprising students from the Cottisloe Secondary School.

The Buckingham Business Club wore hats to their monthly lunch date on the day, with manager Jitesh Patel of the Buckingham Hotel kindly offering to donate £5 from the bill per diner to the cause.

Wear A Hat Day has been widely supported by the millinery industry across the UK and Polly Lusher, owner of Shu Shu Milliners, held events in her three stores in Berkhampsted, Gerrards Cross and Pinner.

Resident milliner Fran created her own mini butterfly top hat especially for the occasion. Polly commented: “All the staff wore hats – changing them throughout the day. As we sell and hire hats, they each had over 300 to choose from. We also sold special Wear A Hat Day pin badges and wristbands, and donated a percentage from our hats sales from the day. In all we raised £180 – and had a lot of fun for such a great cause.”

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