Hats off to colleagues’ fundraising efforts

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A woman is donning her hat to help find a cure in memory of her dad.

Barbara Graham and her colleagues at the HMRC call centre in East Kilbride are getting involved in Wear A Hat Day on Friday 31st March. Their fundraising is inspired by Barbara’s dad Jim Miller who died from a brain tumour, just four months after being diagnosed.

Barbara (pictured on holiday with Jim) said: “Dad went through such a rapid decline, it was horrible to watch. His whole quality of life crumbled.”

Jim went to his GP in 1993 after Barbara noticed his “odd behaviour” which included putting things in the wrong places, being unable to drive his car and falling asleep at his desk. He was referred to hospital where an MRI scan revealed an inoperable tumour on his brain. He was told that without treatment, he would have just three months to live.

On 12th January 1994, Jim was found unconscious in bed by Barbara’s step-mum, Rae, and was taken to hospital. He died two days later with Barbara and Rae by his side.

Barbara added: “I was devastated and angry at the lack of knowledge there was about brain tumours, and I’m disappointed not enough is known now. Much more work is needed to be done in this area. I just pray something like this doesn’t happen to me.”

With six weeks to go until Wear A Hat Day, there is plenty of time to plan your own hattastic event. Join in, look super for science and help make research breakthrough happen.

Register your school, workplace or community via www.wearahatday.org and when you sign up you’ll get a FREE fundraising pack, plus a digital pack to help maximise your efforts.

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