Words: Josie Armitage
Flat Cap Friday is a campaign run by Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity (YBTC) who are inviting you to get inventive with your flat cap to put Brain Tumour Awareness Month into the spotlight throughout March.
It was Ty Barker, from YBTC Fund Will’s Way, who got Bob Barker involved. Ty said:
“My uncle, Pudsey-born artist, Bob Barker, was delighted to put down his paintbrush and get behind the campaign to help us raise awareness about brain tumours. We are also asking all our friends in the rugby world to show their support for Flat Cap Friday by taking selfies in a flat cap. Join in, dig out your flat cap and help us help more people!”
Bob has added his selfie to the line-up of supporters for Flat Cap Friday. Last year, Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan gifted the charity a flat cap poem.
In Yorkshire every week 15 people receive the devastating news that they have a brain tumour. YBTC wants to change this statistic by getting behind scientists across the county to initiate innovation and provide hope that together we will cure brain tumours.
As well as funding research, YBTC offers support to any family whose lives have been impacted by a brain tumour diagnosis.
Nicki Hood, community fundraiser from YBTC, said:
“The pandemic and lockdown have hit our families hard. They have also put a big delay on the research we fund. That is why our Flat Cap Fridays are so important: to tell more people about the support we offer, raise vital funds to provide that support and have some fun along the way! Thank you so much for getting involved.”
Flat Cap Friday is open to anyone.
If you’d like to get involved, please email Nicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the YBTC website: https://www.yorksbtc.org.uk/Support-Us/Loving-Fundraising/Flat-Cap-Friday.
You can also make a donation here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/flatcapfriday.