Doffing their caps for charity

Schools getting involved in Wear a Hat Day
Schools getting involved in Wear a Hat Day

SEVEN schools from across the Buckingham, Winslow and Brackley area joined in the excitement of Wear a Hat Day last Friday to raise money for charity Brain Tumour Research.

Staff and children alike chose a special hat to wear for the day with each donating a pound or more to Brain Tumour Research or to member charity Ali’s Dream and umbrella group Taylan’s Project.

Bourton Meadow and Marsh Gibbon Primary Schools, including Marsh Gibbon Pre-school raised funds for Taylan’s Project, the umbrella group set up by the family of Taylan Rawlinson, a boy from Calvert Green who passed away with a brain tumour at the age of seven.

Buckingham Primary School chose to donate to Ali’s Dream, set up in memory of Alison Phelan (Brain Tumour Research director Sue Farrington Smith’s niece), who also lost her battle with a brain tumour before her eighth birthday; while primary schools East Claydon and Steeple Claydon, Akeley Wood and Beachborough School, in Westbury all raised funds for Brain Tumour Research, the national charity which has its base in Padbury.

Jan Jones, headteacher at Buckingham Primary School said: “It was lovely to see how much Wear a Hat Day had captured the children’s imagination, with hat themes ranging from the Olympics to the traditional Easter bunny. Children and staff demonstrated their creativity adding a glorious array of colour around the school in support of this well-deserving charity which we are always so happy to work with. “Donations raised by Buckingham Primary for Ali’s Dream totalled an amazing £1,000 which will go towards research into this devastating disease which kills more children each year than any other cancer.”

Wear a Hat Day was also marked by Brain Tumour Research’s launch of an eBay auction of hats generously donated by various celebrities, including Gillian Anderson, Matt Cardle, Ian Reddington, Janet Street Porter and Jamie Oliver.

The bidding war will continue until April 8, and all proceeds will be donated to Brain Tumour Research. Go to and search on Brain Tumour Research.

To support this year’s fundraising activity, Brain Tumour Research recruited the help of Hat Maker of the Year 2010 Kate Langrish-Smith to develop an official range of campaign hats. These hats will also be available within the auction.

Sue Farrington-Smith, director of Brain Tumour Research, said: “Brain Tumour Research receives less than one per cent of national cancer research spending in the UK yet this deadly disease kills more children and people under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Wear a Hat Day is a fun way of increasing awareness and getting people raising money for an often overlooked form of cancer.”

Brain Tumour Research represents the united campaign voice of the Brain Tumour Research group of 18 charities. Launched in 2009, the charity was established specifically to raise funds for brain tumour research.

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