Wear a hat today and save lives

Published: Friday 31st March 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Today is Wear a Hat Day, a nationwide fundraising event for Brain Tumour Research.

There are so many wonderful ways to get involved in Wear a Hat Day, and the most obvious is to wear a hat! Be as sensible or as silly as you like, grab your friends and get sponsored.

Brain Tumour Research works tirelessly towards finding a cure for brain tumours. These kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

Despite this, only 1% of the national spend on cancer research goes towards finding out more about brain tumours.

On Wear a Hat Day, Brain Tumour Research urges you to pop on a hat and raise some money.

If you’re looking for a striking piece of headwear, Beasley’s Hats is renowned for its classic styles and distinctive retro vibe. Opened three years ago, opposite the family’s already popular vintage shop, the headwear emporium is the ideal place to visit today.

Hat 1

“Stetson [above] is one of our American brands,” Fran Beasley, the shop’s owner, tells us.

“It’s great for a summer vibe and goes perfectly with this barbershop quartet-inspired blazer.”

Stetson Hat: £58

Hat 2

Next, actor-model Ellis Todd picks up this brown fedora.

“This is one of my favourites,” enthuses Fran. “It’s the hat that Harrison Ford wore in The Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Brown Christys’ Adventurer Poet Fedora Hat: £105

Hat 3

“This hat has also graced some famous heads, including Jeremy Corbyn and John Lennon,” Fran says.

“Only recently we sold this hat to John Prescott!”

Failsworth Mariner/Breton Style Cap: £18

Hat 4Hat 4 folded

“This is another Failsworth hat. It’s a snap brim panama,” Fran continues. “Brilliant for making a statement this summer.”

The hat also comes in a foldaway design, which is handy if you’re on the move but still want to look stylish.

Regular: £45 / Foldaway: £48

Hat 5

“The Failsworth James hat is a classic Yorkshire flat cap,” Fran points out. “It’s great for adding a traditional twist to a modern day look.”

Failsworth James Cap: £32

Hat 6

“Made of pigskin, this hat isn’t for everyone,” admits Fran. “But, it is one of our most popular styles.”

The muted colour of the hat is wearable and fun, without it being too bold.

Stetson Pigskin Flat Cap: £74

Hat 7

“If you want to emulate the style of The Peaky Blinders, this is the cap for you,” Fran suggests.

“The eight-panel hat was a very popular style in the 1930s, and still is today.”

Failsworth Carloway Cap: £34

Hat 8

“This Tilley hat may not look as fashionable as our other types, but it sure is practical,” chuckles Fran.

The Tilley is famous amongst the boating and sailing community because of its durability and ability to float.

“There’s a story of an elephant trainer that had his Tilley eaten by an elephant three times. After a good wash, the headgear was as good as new.”

Tilley Hat: £60

Hat 9

Next up is this pork pie hat: “Breaking Bad character, Walter White, instigated their recent comeback.”

Christys’ Pork Pie Hat: £58

Hat 10

Lastly, we have the Brixton flat cap.

“This label is very popular, they also do shirts and clothing,” says Fran describes. “Again, it’s a classic-style that can be worn time and time again.”

If you do wear a hat today, don’t forget to set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. This will go towards supporting their continuous and sustainable research.

You can also text HAT to 70660 to donate £5, as well as use #HATTASTIC on social media to raise awareness.

You can find Beasley’s Clothing and Beasley’s Hats down Hepworth’s Arcade in Hull, or visit them online.

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Published: Friday 31st March 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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