IT was hats off to Victoria Chandler who held a fundraising day for Brain Tumour Research on Wear A Hat Day.
Or perhaps more precisely, it was ‘hats on’ for her Hatacular event which included a coffee morning showcasing all the best of this year’s collection and a chance for members of the public to go along and try them all on.
And among those who lined up were Muffin the family pony, always eager to be seen in the latest fashions.
Victoria runs her Get Ahead Hats business in a converted barn at the family’s Crawfold Farm in Balls Cross and has been supporting Brain Tumour Research since January with the sale of charity hat badges.
She told the Observer: “Research into brain tumours receives less than one per cent of national cancer research spending in the UK, yet this devastating disease, with which more than 16,000 people are diagnosed each year, kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. What better way to raise vital funds than to wear a fabulous hat, and have fun trying on hundreds of different styles in the showroom?
“I felt that Wear A Hat Day was worth doing to support a very important cause. We are hoping by wearing a hat and making a donation to the charity, we helped fund the scientists investigating brain tumours to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure.”
Victoria and her husband Mark have two children, Madeline, ten, and George, six. She has been running her Get Ahead Hats business for nine years.
She makes many of her own ‘percher’ hats, now often with the help of young Madeline, and hires and sells hats of every size, shape and colour for many stylish events in the area.
Wear A Hat Day has captured the nation’s imagination for several years, becoming the UK’s premier brain tumour awareness event.
Supporters across the UK have been taking part to help realise the charity’s ambition to open more centres of excellence dedicated to research into brain tumours.