Designer Hat Auction To Raise Funds For Brain Tumour Research

June 3, 2022

The Derby, taking place on June 4th, will be taking centre stage for a reason other than horse racing this year, with a special auction going on to raise money for charity Brain Tumour Research.

As part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and in tribute to Queen Elizabeth, some of the biggest milliners in the UK have come up with designs for a one-off collection of hats inspired by the Queen’s 70-year reign, with the hats going under the hammer online on June 12th.

The Hats Fit For a Queen collection features pieces designed by Royal milliners Rachel Trevor-Morgan and Stephen Jones. The hats will be on display in the Queen’s Stand at Epsom Downs on both the Friday and Saturday.

Charity supporter Lisa Connell, who was diagnosed with an inoperable meningioma at the age of 26 and had Gamma Knife surgery to treat the tumour, has been pictured modelling the hats on behalf of Brain Tumour Research.

She also recently set up a fundraising group called Officially Lisa Connell to help find a cure for brain tumours and improve outcomes for patients.

Anne McEntee has also modelled some of the hats for the charity. Her husband Tom passed away two years after he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. Since then, Anne has gone on to raise nearly £25,000 for charity.

Gamma Knife surgery itself is a well-established way to treat some brain tumours or lesions, although it’s not actually a knife in the traditional sense, since no incisions in the head are made at all.

The procedure is simple and painless, with precise and focused beams of radiation directed to the treatment area, meaning that only the target is hit, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.

To find out more about this type of radiosurgery, get in touch with us today.