Tipperary people asked to wear favourite hat to support Brain Tumour Ireland

#WearAHatDay takes place on Friday October 23


At the launch of Irish charity Brain Tumour Ireland’s #WearAHatDay at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin are brain tumour survivor Izzy Leamy (3) and her mother Cliona Gaughran

Irish charity Brain Tumour Ireland (BTI) is calling on people in Tipperary 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 Tipperary 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.

#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.

This year, Brain Tumour Ireland has partnered with milliner Michelle Treacy, who is donating a bespoke hat as a prize for the best selfie posted with the hashtag #WearAHatDay.

Natasha Smith, chairperson of Brain Tumour Ireland says “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 Tipperary 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.”

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

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