Wear A Hat Day 2022: Spreading Awareness For Brain Tumour Research

Wear a Hat Day 2022 is right around the corner again. All of us here at Homes for Students hold the day close to our hearts and once again we’ll be taking part in the day, raising awareness of brain tumours, and raising funds for brain tumour research. Wear a Hat Day takes place on Friday 25th March this year, and as always, is the day of the final fundraising as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month. It brings people together, raising much-needed, life-saving funds in a fun way that helps to give people important information and support across the UK and beyond. 

Wear a silly hat to work, to uni, or just out and about for the day whatever you are doing. It helps to make this nationally important charity day even more important and memorable! It’s easy to register for Wear a Hat Day, bringing that mad, hatty attitude to your life and raising some money whilst you do so! Bring your heads (and hats) together to raise awareness, raise funds, and help Brain Tumour Research. 

What does Wear a Hat Day raise money for? 

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The money raised for Brain Tumour Research is used to help build a network of experts in the field of sustainable brain tumour research. Money is also used to help with lobbying the Government and the large cancer charities in the UK, pushing for more investment into clinical research. This is only achievable by the hat-tastic days that you all have around the country on March 25th! 

There is no hiding place when it comes to brain tumours. They can affect any person, at any age. When compared to other types of cancer, brain tumours kill a greater number of children and adults under the age of 40 than any other. Despite this statistic only 1% of cancer research spending nationally has been allocated to brain tumour research. This does not seem enough and is part of the reason why Wear a Hat Day is so important, to raise greater awareness and to push the case for more funding to be funnelled in that direction. 

How to register for Wear a Hat Day 

Fundraising on Wear a Hat Day is easy to do. Through Brain Tumour Research you can find all the information that you need to help organise an event or to raise funds through other means. There are different options available, with some people holding charity events in physical locations and others holding virtual events to raise money online. There are badges and wristbands that can be sent out to make a central part of your fundraising efforts, and obviously some wild and wacky ideas about the types of hats that can be worn to raise awareness!  

The history of brain tumours and research

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Brain tumours affect around 250,000 people around the world every single year. The scientific studies and medical developments continue to astound, improving year on year, with radiation and chemotherapy key components of the approach to treat brain tumours. In fact, we now have the highest survival rate that there has ever been for those diagnosed with brain tumours. There is still a long way to go though, with improvement in science and medicine and the fact that we can still do our bit to raise greater awareness to a wider audience of people.  

At first, a brain tumour would mean the end for the person who was diagnosed. That was until 1879 when William Macewen became the first person to remove a brain tumour successfully. The patient fully recovered and there was a new way to fight against the illness. Once X-rays were discovered, doctors could locate tumours in the brain with greater accuracy, and with CT scanning over the past few decades this scanning capability has gone a long way to helping surgeons locate and remove brain tumours with clear images of the brain now available. 

Despite these amazing advancements in science, we are still not in a place where there is a cure that is 100% safe. This is the reason why Brain Tumour Awareness Month is so important, and why Wear a Hat Day provides that fantastic focal point for the month, bringing people together in a fun way for a serious cause.  

How can I help during Wear a Hat Day? 

The best way to help is to register and sign up as a fundraiser for Wear a Hat Day. That way, you’ll have the support you need to put together a fun day for your fundraising event and to plan ahead accordingly. It’s important that you have the biggest, brightest, silliest hat on the top of your head if you are raising funds, but you can also get your university course mates and friends involved, your housemates in your student accommodation, your family and friends back home, and even your colleagues if you have a part-time job whilst studying at uni! 

What can you do on Wear a Hat Day? 

  1. One option is to bring Wear a Hat Day into university, speaking with your uni, your Students’ Union, lecturers, and course mates about wearing hats and raising funds in a fun way during your studies on the 25th March. There are many different ways to do this, asking for donations in the days and weeks running up to the day, asking people to donate money to wear a hat in lectures and seminars, or having a bigger event for people to attend on campus. 
  2. If you also have a job part-time in the town or city you are studying in, you could bring Wear a Hat Day to this too! Speak to your boss and colleagues about wearing silly hats to work and raising money through fundraising aimed at the customers. This could raise much-needed funds for brain tumour research.
  3. Get your family and friends involved back home, asking them to upload photos and videos of them wearing hats and sharing the love on social media. This is a fantastic way to raise awareness and get people online donating to a good cause, no matter where they happen to be!
  4. The best way to take part in Wear a Hat Day is to just wear a hat! Get your old favourite hat out from the back of the wardrobe and put it on for the day or go out and find yourself a new favourite hat that you will wear on 25th March but also after that whenever you want to wear a hat. You’re a hat person now, it’s fine, you look amazing!
  5. If you want to get a bit more creative and go all Blue Peter, make a hat out of paper or card, decorate it as silly as you like and see how long it’ll stay on your head throughout the day! This is a funny, brilliant way to raise awareness for Wear a Hat Day.
  6. Organise a hat swap with other people in your uni! This is fun, allows you to be playful with your friends and make them look silly for a good cause! 

What celebrities are involved in Wear a Hat Day this year? 

The campaign for 2022 is fronted by several celebrity ambassadors, such as Danny Clarke, Sarah Beeny, and Dame Sheila Hancock DBE. Patron, Caprice Bourret is also part of the awareness campaign for Wear a Hat Day in 2022. All of them have been impacted by brain tumours, either through their own treatment or the loss of loved ones and wish to do all they can to help raise awareness through their popularity and influence. With this help it is hoped awareness can be raised even further and more vital funds raised. 

Wear a Hat Day merchandise for 2022

The Wear a Hat Day merchandise for 2022 is exciting. Including keyrings, car hats, bobble hats and more, you can enhance the fundraising events you are organising by adding some sparkle to proceedings. As this year is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there have been some collectible pin badges commissioned that include royal hats such as The Queen’s Life Guards and the Royals Cavalry Regiment. Boxes of badges can be ordered for you to sell at your own event and to raise extra funds for this fantastic cause.  

Why is Wear a Hat Day important? 

You might be asked this question when you are pitching your university, Students’ Union, or place of work on the idea of having Wear a Hat Day as a designated charitable day to raise money through an official event. There are a few good answers to this, the main one being that it is for an incredibly good cause. As we have already discussed, Wear a Hat Day is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of brain tumours and to help fundraising that goes a long way to improving research funding into finding a safe cure.  

Not only is Wear a Hat Day such a great cause, but you will also have a lot of fun on the day too! You will look good in whatever hat you choose to wear, whilst feeling great that you are raising awareness and money. It is a day for those of you who are creative and expressive, or those of you who want to be more expressive but usually play it safe with what you wear day-to-day. There is a hat out there for every person, so don’t be shy, go looking for the hat of your dreams and do a good thing in the process. 

Wear a Hat Day genuinely makes a difference. Brain tumours can affect anyone, and with your help in raising funds and awareness, we could one day find a 100% safe cure for brain tumours. 

10 Fun facts about hats 

  1. French magician Louis Comte was the first person to pull a rabbit from a top hat, in 1814. 
  2. The famous Panama hat has never actually been made in Panama. Instead, it comes from Ecuador.
  3. Fedora was initially designed as a style of women’s hat, but now it is designed for both men and women.
  4. There is a law in North Dakota that forbids dancing of any kind whilst wearing a hat. The offence is punishable with jail time!
  5. The first ‘Dunce’ hat was introduced by medieval theologian John Duns Scotus (1265-1308). The belief was that a conical hat would funnel knowledge from God into the head of a ‘dunce’.
  6. London black taxis are designed to be tall enough for a gentleman to ride in them without taking his top hat off. 
  7. A supplier of men’s hats is called a hatter, whilst a supplier of women’s hats is called a milliner. 
  8. The colours of hard hats have meaning, distinguishing between different roles and safety on construction sites. Blue hard hats indicate a person with technical knowledge, safety inspectors wear green hard hats, whilst labourers wear yellow. 
  9. Chef’s hats have 100 folds in them, representing 100 ways to cook an egg (we’ll let you think up more than just the scrambled, fried, poached and boiled that we can think of!). 
  10. The tallest hat in the world, according to the Guinness World Record, is 4.8 metres tall, made by Odikon Ozare in Tampa, Florida. 

How do you look in a hat? 

Send us some photos of you wearing a hat on Wear a Hat Day. It is for such an amazing cause, and the team here at Homes for Students will once again be donning our favourite head gear to raise money and awareness for brain tumour research. We’ll take our hats off (but only briefly as a show of gratitude!) to those of you who join us on Friday 25th March 2022. 

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