Wear a hat and help support Anna’s Hope

Little Anna pictured in a hat - will you wear one to raise funds for the charity set up in her memory?

Little Anna pictured in a hat - will you wear one to raise funds for the charity set up in her memory?

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People are being urged to don a hat as part of a national charity’s scheme to raise awareness of childhood brain tumours.

Carole and Rob Hughes, who founded children’s brain tumour charity Anna’s Hope, want everyone to get behind national Wear A Hat day, which will fall on Thursday, March 28.

The day was set up by Brain Tumour Research, of which Rob is a trustee and Anna’s Hope is a member charity, several years ago.

It takes place in March because it is the annual Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Rob, of Pilsgate near Barnack, said: “First and foremost the day is about raising awareness and thinking about children who have brain tumours and wear hats and bandanas.

“But it is also about raising money so if people can have best hat competitions or hat parties and raise funds, that would be fantastic.

“This is the first year we have been involved and we want to get involved in a national event.

“It would be great if the people of Stamford and Rutland can get behind us and wear a hat for the day.”

Rob said the awareness day followed on from last year’s successful fairy day, in which the charity broke the world record for the most people dressed as fairies in one place.

Rob appealed to nursery groups, school children, businesses and organisations to get involved in the hat day.

Funds raised locally will go towards Anna’s Hope, which was set up in memory of Carole and Rob’s daughter Anna, who lost her fight in 2006 aged three.

Anyone who wants to find out more can e-mail admin@annashope.co.uk.

Will you be getting involved in Wear a Hat day? Send your photographs of events or you wearing a silly hat to smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk