Wear a Hat Day returns!!

17th March 2022

Wetherby Racecourse organises charity “Wear a Hat Raceday”

Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity (YBTC) is thrilled to have been chosen as one of the charities being supported by the “Wear a Hat Raceday” on Tuesday 22nd March at Wetherby Racecourse.

The day will raise funds for YBTC, a Leeds-based charity which funds research and support for patients and families throughout the region, and Brain Tumour Research, a UK-wide medical research charity.

The racecourse chose the “Wear a Hat” theme in support of the hat-themed campaigns both charities run throughout Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March – YBTC’s “Flat Cap Friday” and Brain Tumour Research’s “Wear a Hat Day”.

Race attendees are encouraged to wear a hat to the races, whether that’s a fascinator, a flat cap, a beanie or a top hat, with the chance to win spot prizes on the day. There’ll also be a raffle with fantastic prizes to raise extra funds for the charities.

Michelle Campbell, Sales & Marketing Manager at Wetherby Racecourse, said: “We started supporting Brain Tumour Research’s Wear A Hat Day in 2012 in collaboration with a group of Yorkshire-based Milliners that we had previously worked with for Ladies’ Day. 10 years later we are delighted to continue to support the two charities during Brain Tumour Awareness Month, and are looking forward to working with volunteers from YBTC and Brain Tumour Research.”

Jen Aspinall, YBTC said: “We are very grateful to be asked to involved in Wetherby Racecourse’s Wear a Hat Day this year. Our volunteers are all excited to get involved, to raise awareness and funds to support our vital work in funding research and providing practical, emotional and financial support to anyone affected by a brain tumour diagnosis in our region. Thank you so much to Michelle and her team, for the opportunity and for your ongoing support!”

Wetherby Racecourse has been a longtime supporter of Will’s Way, a charity fund founded in 2017 to support paediatric and adult patients, which merged with YBTC in August 2020.

Lisa Barker, founder of Will’s Way, said: “Will’s Way had been involved with the Wetherby race days for many years and hoped this would continue after we merged with YBTC in 2020. Of course, in 2021 the pandemic scuppered those plans but we are delighted that YBTC is part of the event for 2022.”

The “Wear a Hat Raceday” on 22nd March will be an exciting afternoon of jump racing featuring a 6-race card, with the first race starting at 2pm. The funds raised will go towards funding vital brain tumour research and support.

For more information, go to https://www.wetherbyracing.co.uk/wear-a-hat-day/

Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity is Yorkshire’s leading brain tumour charity dedicated to raising funds for life changing research and patient support. YBTC is entirely reliant on donations and receives no statutory funding.


  • Founded in February 2003, originally Andrea’s Gift, we changed our name to Brain Tumour Research & Support in 2011, and in 2020 rebranded as Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity.
  • YBTC exists to support all brain tumour patients (adults & children) and their families, across Yorkshire.
  • Support ranges from information, advice and guidance, to counselling and emergency grants. We also aim to cater for anyone in Yorkshire who has been affected by a brain tumour through our regular support meetups, drop-in cafés, wellbeing walks and get-togethers.
  • YBTC has funded research and continued learning at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, the University of Hull and the University of Sheffield


About Brain Tumours:

  • Over 1000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour across Yorkshire & the Humber annually.
  • Around 10% of these people are under 18 and, of all cancers, brain tumours are the biggest killer of people under 40.
  • Lack of funding and research in this field means survival rates have not improved in 40 years.
  • Situated in the control centre for thought, memory, mood, sensation & mobility, brain tumours are notoriously hard to treat.