Wear a hat day, 30th March 2012 – Brain Tumour Research Charity Event

The aim of today’s event was to raise sponsorship funds by wearing a hat; in the same way that ‘Jeans for Genes’ is about wearing jeans for the day to raise funds for Genes Research. Many milliners sponsored hats and were involved in the day’s activities including the famous Philip Treacy and more local to EC1, award winning hat maker, Kate Langrish, www.katelangrishmillinery.com Kate very generously made a variety of hat shapes for us to display in our Wear a Hat Day window. The fun part was then to decorate them with flowers. Brigitte used short orchid stems and purple limonium for the sail boat style; warm mystique orange fressias with baby ivy stems adorned a triple closh design; and Pasi created a cluster of roses nestling in the tricorn shape.

Out hat models, Chantel and Sandra generously gave up their time for a short photo session, with our friend Michael at the camera helm. They are both very relaxed with the camera and so Michael’s task was so much easier as a result.

Also throughout the day Paul hosted mini workshops in making paper hats in three styles – Peter Pan, Samurai and Royal Crown. The former was the most popular style with our younger visitors, completing their finished designs with coloured feathers. A big thanks to the mum’s and dad’s who donated very generously.

Kate Langrish assisted with styling the hats for our models and with the paper hat making.

Our Amwell Street neighbour, Ground Control Coffee Shop, www.ethiopiancoffeecompany.co.uk also participated in this fund raising day by doing a cake raffle. Thanks to Polly, her team and customers for taking part.

A final big thanks to everyone who took part and donated their time and creations; we must also mention, Pennies Vintage www.penniesvintage.com who kindly loaned us some hats for the photo sessions, and Butterscotch and Beesting who provided sweets and novelties for the younger folk, www.butterstings.com They loved them and we did too.

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