Thousands take part in Wear a Hat Day for Padbury charity

Flagship event raises £2 million for Brain Tumour Research in 12 years.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 7:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 9:48 am
Sarah Long, Lynn Pasqua, Judith Lane and Sue Jordan from Winslow walked 25km in memory of Oscar Long

Thousands of people across the UK got involved in Wear a Hat Day on Friday, March 26, to raise funds for research into finding a cure for brain tumours.

Now in its 12th year, Wear A Hat Day has raised more than £2 million for Brain Tumour Research.

Among those taking part were the charity's founder, Padbury resident Sue Farrington Smith, and her husband, Justin.

Sue and Justin Farrington Smith, from Padbury

Winslow resident Sarah Long and her friends walked 25km in memory of Sarah’s son, Oscar, who passed away in 2002 just two weeks after he was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma brain tumour. It would have been Oscar's 25th birthday on April 4, 2021.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet, historically, just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Brain Tumour Research is the only national charity in the UK singularly focused on finding a cure for brain tumours through campaigning for an increase in the national investment into research to £35 million per year. It is also fundraising to create a sustainable network of brain tumour research centres in the UK.