Kilkenny milliner lends support to national charity campaign #WearAHatDay

Brain Tumour Ireland are asking you to don a hat on Friday, October 23, to raise awareness of paediatric brain tumours

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Wear your favourite hat in support of Brain Tumour Ireland. Pictured at the launch of Irish charity Brain Tumour Ireland’s #WearAHatrain tumour survivor, Izzy Leamy (3) and her mother, Cliona Gaughran

Kilkenny milliner Michelle Treacy has partnered with Irish charity Brain Tumour Ireland (BTI) for this year’s #WearAHatDay.

Michelle will be donating a bespoke hat as a prize for the ‘Best Selfie’ posted with the hashtag ‘#WearAHatDay’.  Brain Tumour Ireland is calling on people in Kilkenny to don their favourite hat in support of its annual awareness and fundraising campaign #WearAHatDay on Friday, October 23.

The annual campaign raises funds for the charity’s vital support and information services for people diagnosed with brain tumours and their families in Kilkenny and all over Ireland, as well as raising awareness of the need for such services. A €4 donation can be made by simply texting BTI to 50300.

Paediatric Brain Tumour Support
#WearAHatDay takes place each year as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Week, which will run from Monday to Friday,  October 19 - 23. This year, the awareness raising campaign will shine a light on paediatric brain tumours, and the impact that such a condition has on children and their families. There are approximately 60 children diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in Ireland.

As part of the Brain Tumour Awareness Week campaign, Brain Tumour Ireland will launch a new section of its website dedicated to providing information and resources for families of children living with brain tumours, and a place to hear and share experiences of and with other families experiencing the same diagnosis and challenges.

Across all age ranges, over 400 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour in Ireland each year with many contacting Brain Tumour Ireland for support when they receive their diagnosis. As well as the practical supports and information, Brain Tumour Ireland also raises awareness of brain tumours and their symptoms among the public and the medical professions and contributes funding to brain tumour research initiatives.

“We’re calling on the people of Kilkenny to get involved on Friday, October 23 to support the work that Brain Tumour Ireland does - by simply wearing their favourite hat on the day and donating €4 by texting BTI to 50300," says Natasha Smith, Chairperson of Brain Tumour Ireland.

“We receive no State funding so our #WearAHatDay campaign is essential in funding our services year-round. A brain tumour diagnosis can have a devastating impact on patients and their families, particularly in the case of paediatric brain tumours. We’re hoping that the public in Kilkenny, and across the country will show their support for people diagnosed with brain tumours and have a little fun by getting involved in this campaign. We can’t wait to see the creative hats and photos shared on October 23.”

#WearAHatDay is taking place as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Week which runs from October 19 - 23, 2020.

For further information,  visit: https://braintumourireland. com/news/brain-tumour- awareness-week/