Wear A Hat Day - 26 March 2021

March has for some years been designated Brain Tumour Awareness Month in the UK – it serves as an opportunity to remember those we have lost to a brain tumour, as well as supporting and cherishing those living with a brain tumour; a time to raise awareness of the desperate need for more funding into research, to find new treatments – and ultimately, we hope, to find a cure.

The month is usually filled with lobbying and fundraising events – for some of us it started on March 1st with a minute’s silence to remember those touched by a brain tumour, and scientists and clinicians at the 3 Centres of Excellence that are supported by our fellow charity Brain Tumour Research laid a wreath at their Wall of Hope – including at our own Charing Cross Hospital in London, where Lillie Shahabi and Kevin O’Neill are pictured.

The All Party Parliamentary Party Group on Brain Tumours met to hear about the newly designated clinical centres of excellence for the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission, and later in the month representatives from Brain Tumour Research will present a petition to the Prime Minister, that has been signed by over 100,000 people, calling for increased national investment in brain tumour research.

And finally the month will culminate with the ever-popular Wear A Hat Day on Friday 26th March – your chance to go mad, have fun and wear a hat to school, work, the supermarket or just in your garden while raising much-needed funds for brain tumour research!