The founder of the country’s leading national charity campaign, UK Charity Week, has given his support to Brain Tumour Research’s Wear A Hat Day (29 March 2019) in an effort to help highlight the charity’s work and objectives.

Charity stalwart Lee Rayment has seen first hand the devastation that a brain tumour diagnosis can bring upon a family. His cousin, a teenager at the time, was diagnosed with a brain tumour around a decade ago and thankfully survived.

But it is a more recent encounter with 40-year-old family friend Gavin Bailey over the last year that left a telling impact on Lee and showed him what can happen when things don’t go so well.

Gavin was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme and given just months to live, he had a lifetime dream to ride in a supercar, it was a wish Lee took upon himself to fulfil for Gavin.

Using his Charity Today publication’s influencer status on social media, Lee moved to appeal to followers with supercars to come forward and help Gavin’s final wish come true.

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Some of the supercars UK Charity Week founder Lee Rayment pulled together with friends for Gavin Bailey.

They were inundated with offers from members of the public and celebrities from the world of motorsports, all working to ensure Gavin got to live out his dream in what was described by national media as ‘one of the most heartwarming threads ever’ on social media.

Over a dozen cars from all over the country showed up for him and he got to ride in a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren and many more before his sad passing early last year.

The late Gavin Bailey (white jacket) with a solemn Lee Rayment who helped to organise a final wish for Gavin.

Speaking of his support for Brain Tumour Research’s Wear A Hat Day, Lee Rayment said:

“Whilst it was obviously a pleasure to have been able to help Gavin in the way that we did, the impact this left on Ami and his young family has stayed with me. I wholeheartedly back the work and efforts of Brain Tumour Research, and of course, its Wear A Hat Day.

“Please download a fundraising pack from the charity’s website, take a look at the work they do and get involved.”

Mr Rayment talking to the national press

Wear A Hat Day is the UK’s biggest brain tumour research fundraising event, and people are all looking forward to having great fun and raising funds to find a cure for brain tumours at the same time.

Charity spokesman Hugh Adams said:

“We’re very grateful to Lee for his support and hope lots of people will be inspired to follow his lead – taking part in Wear A Hat Day really is as simple as wearing a hat and making a donation.

“Sadly, and as Lee knows only too well, brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet, historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“We are determined to change this.”

Since the first in 2010, Wear A Hat Day has raised over £1 million – money that’s helping the charity fund their four UK Research Centres of Excellence, raise awareness of this devastating disease and influence the Government and larger cancer charities to invest more nationally in research for brain tumours.

For more information or to get your free fundraising pack from Brain Tumour Research, please click here.