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Supporting Brain Tumour Research

Do you have a hidden talent for making hats that no one knows about?  Have you been beavering away in secret, wishing that you had the opportunity to show your skills to the world?  Well, now you have.  Get Ahead, Get A Hat is Wool@J13’s Hat Exhibition which will support Brain Tumour Research, as part of our 2018 show and WE WANT YOU TO GET INVOLVED.

Be it a Balaclava, a Bowler or the flourish of a Fez, a Cavalier’s hat or an extravaganza worn to a wedding; whatever shape or size or from whatever era you choose to draw your inspiration, we want to see it; whether you crochet, knit, weave, stitch or however you choose to achieve your hat, as long as the highest fibre content is wool (not acrylic, please note), we advise you to let your imagination go wild, run backwards and forwards in time to see what you may unearth sitting stop the heads of the people and then let your fingers do the talking.  If you make it, we’ll show it.

Entering a Hat in our Exhibition will support Brain Tumour Research’s fundraising for vital research into this body, mind & soul destroying disease.  We will also be fundraising at the 2018 show in May.  It may be a little known fact that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other form of cancer and your creative input can represent a contribution to helping to end this startling statistic.

Here are some questions we think you may be asking:

  • How much does it cost to enter?  £2.00 per hat. 50p of this goes to Brain Tumour Research.
  • Can I offer my hat for sale during the exhibition? Yes, you may. Just tell us on the Entry Form that you want to do this.
  • When do I need to get my hat to you by?  Friday May 4th 5pm, along with the Entry Form and payment ticket to show you have paid your entry cost
  • Where do I send my hat entry? Lower Drayton Farm, where the show is held. The full address is on the entry form.
  • What about collecting my hat and/or remittance on any sales?   This will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday 13th May at the show’s finish, either by you, as the maker, or by a nominated representative.

You’ll find all information for entering our Hat Exhibition on our Entry Form below. If you have any further questions, please do get back to us and it will be our pleasure to help you where we can



DON’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A HAT? We’re running a special Hat Making Masterclass in March 2018 for individuals who’d like to join in but don’t know how.  Run by professional hatters, Zara & Paul from Innerspirals and held at Lower Drayton Farm, Staffordshire, the masterclass, which will run over a whole weekend, will show you how to create your own felted hat in Trilby or Top Hat style.  Read more about the Masterclass here Hat Making Masterclass Information and if you decide you want to sign up, click on this link to fill in your booking form which you will need to return to us. You will also find the link to make your payment on the booking form. HAT MAKING MASTERCLASS BOOKING FORM (editable)






WEAR A HAT DAY  March 31st, 2018  Supporting Brain Tumour Research

  • Wear your hat in public. Make it creative and make it fun to fundraise. Brain Tumour Research is holding a UK wide fundraising Wear A Hat Day in March 2018.  Get involved with this with Wool@J13, flash mob style, in Stafford Town Centre on Saturday March 31st.  Read The Why, What & How of Wear A Hat Day 2018 with Wool@J13 to find out what you need to do to get involved.  We look forward to welcoming you on board.

Debbie McGee

Radio presenter, performer and Strictly Come Dancing finalist, married to Paul Daniels

“It is important to me to share Paul’s story because I want to help other people. Paul was one of those people who genuinely lit up a room when he walked in and I want people to know how this cruel disease stripped him of everything within a few short weeks to the point where he collapsed on the bathroom floor and I held him as he wept and asked me what was happening to him.”

Funds raised through Wear A Hat Day 2018 will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK. Please get involved if you can – it’s simple and fun to take part.”


Linda Robson

Actress and TV presenter

“I’m delighted to be able to help such a wonderful and passionate charity. My closest cousin Jackie had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and I’m amazed by the lack of funding being made available for this terrible and life-threatening disease, so I’m doing what I can to help raise awareness and increase support for Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day. Will you join in and help all of those affected?” 

Kevin McCloud

Author, Broadcaster and Designer

“Increase awareness of what can happen in the head by wearing something on it this March. Wear a Hat Day is the proper way to support Brain Tumour Research in their quest to find a cure for this silent killer. Brain tumours can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated early enough. I know because I have lost two people close to me who were diagnosed with brain tumours. So the more money we can raise to support further research into new treatments, the better.” 




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