Help a child with cancer by wearing a silly hat!

You could help a child with cancer this month by wearing a silly hat for the day!

Throughout July, Nottingham Hospitals Charity is encouraging people to wear a hat (the sillier, the better), post a selfie and donate £5 via Twitter, using the hashtag #LeaveYourHatOn. You can also nominate a friend or colleague to take part by tagging them in your tweet.

The charity is among the first in the country to launch donations via hashtag and we want the people of Nottingham to be part of it! It works by linking your Twitter account with your PayPal account – it’s quick and easy to do, and your donation will go towards enhanced equipment and facilities for children with cancer at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

The #LeaveYourHatOn campaign is a great idea for teachers or lecturers at the end of term, and a good excuse to have a bit of summer fun in your workplace, all in aid of an important cause. A silly sun hat could also provide some welcome shade during the current heatwave!

Jenny Wing, Head of Fundraising at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re so excited to be launching this innovative fundraising scheme for the digital age. The #LeaveYourHatOn campaign is fun and easy to do, and your donations will make a real difference to children living with cancer here in the East Midlands.”

To take part, please follow the instructions below:

  1. If you haven’t already got a PayPal account, set one up for free at using a credit or debit card. You must ask the card owner’s permission before doing so
  2. Go to and follow the instructions to link your Twitter account with your PayPal account
  3. Take a photo of yourself wearing your hat (the sillier, the better!) and post it on Twitter. You MUST start your tweet with @NUHCharity #LeaveYourHatOn in order to donate £5 from your PayPal account. You can then add your own message, and if you wish to nominate a friend to take a hat selfie and make a donation, you can tag them at the end of the tweet
  4. You will then receive a tweet asking you to confirm that you wish to donate by retweeting your original message. Retweet your original message as instructed, and £5 will be taken from your PayPal account and go towards helping children with cancer at Nottingham Children’s Hospital


If you don’t have access to Twitter or Paypal, you can still take part by wearing your hat to work or school and donating £5 online using a credit or debit card by clicking here.