When we first spoke to Brain Tumour Research at the end of last year we were stunned by some of the information that they gave us.

Of course we were aware about brain tumours, and we know that they can affect people no matter what their personal circumstance, no matter their age or how healthy a lifestyle they lead.

What we weren’t aware of is how brain tumours are the single biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40 with an estimation of 16,000 people a year being diagnosed with having a tumour.

That’s a terrifying statistic, but perhaps what is more alarming is that of the national spend on cancer, only 1% has been used on brain tumour research.

Brain Tumour Research is committed to funding sustainable research into brain tumours. The charity is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.

Brain Tumour Research supports the UK’s largest dedicated group of laboratory-based scientists progressing world-class research into brain tumours, to improve treatments, survival rates and quality of life for patients and ultimately find a cure.

You may already know someone who has been affected by a brain tumour, certainly within AFD we do so we are helping raise awareness of not only the work that Brain Tumour Research do, but also support them in their flagship fundraising event, Wear A Hat Day.

Wear a Hat Day will see people across the UK fundraising through wearing a hat and taking part in fun events to raise awareness of this devastating disease and help fund life-saving research.

We’re gearing up to make Friday 31st March 2017 the biggest, boldest and hattiest Wear A Hat Day EVER – we can’t do it without your help!

What hat will you wear on ‘Wear a Hat Day’?

We’ll be encouraging all the AFD team to wear a hat and pledge to the cause on Friday 31st March 2017 but we’re also asking clubs if they can support the charity in one of their early season games close to the event. If you need to find out more details about how you can get involved then either contact AFD on or go to

After registering, you will receive a fundraising pack with materials to help you make your Wear A Hat Day a success. But why not get started now? Visit their Hatter’s Workshop for a full selection of hatty fun ideas and merchandise:

Whatever you can do to support, know that the money you raise will help Brain Tumour Research fund sustainable research and bring the charity closer to a cure for brain tumours.