A Mad Hatters’ Tea Party is being held tomorrow, Friday, at Coventry Building Society’s Rugby branch in Regent Street, Rugby, in memory of Stephen Realf, from Boughton Vale, who died in 2014 from a brain tumour at the age of 26.
As reported in last week’s Advertiser, the event is being held to celebrate national Wear A Hat Day in support of the charity Brain Tumour Research, which has worked closely with the Realf family in their efforts to highlight the need for more funding for research.
Throughout March, which is Brain Tumour Awareness month, the branch has been busy fundraising through the sale of raffle tickets and the charity’s badges and wristbands.
Posters and banners have been prominently displayed to raise awareness of brain tumours which kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and to highlight the need for funding for research to find a cure as just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
A raffle held throughout the month has already raised over £120 and will run until close of business tomorrow.
Star prize, a hamper laden with an assortment of picnic goodies fit for a Mad Hatter’s tea party, includes Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, speciality teas and scrumptious cakes.
A bake sale will tempt customers with homemade cakes and Easter eggs supplied by Coventry Building Society’s community partner, Myton Hospice.
Customer service specialist at the branch and a close friend of Stephen, Becky Headland, has organised the fundraising event.
She said: “All through March we’ve had tremendous support from our customers.
“We’ve had to restock our supply of Brain Tumour Research badges and wristbands several times.
“Given all the fun activities we have planned, we are confident our Wear A Hat Day will not only raise funds, but also a huge amount of awareness about brain tumours and the current lack of proper funding for research to find a cure.”