Children pop their hats on for charity

JPNS HOOK-WITH-WARSASH PRIMARY SCHOOL HATS ''CAPTION: Phoenix Pearman (pictured in the maroon witches hat second row from the back) whose dad died of a brain tumour, which is why they did wear a hat day.''Hook-with-Warsash Primary school was brought alive with an abundance of colour for a day as everyone wore their favourite hats to school. Pupils turned up on a rare sunny day wearing a wonderful choice of hats from flowery bonnets to swimming hats and even a crash helmet!''The day was organised to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and everyone who wore a hat for the day brought in a contribution for the charity. There was also a cake stall organised by parents who produced an enormous mouth-watering selection of delicious treats.''PICTURE: From: catherinen@warsash.hants.sch.uk [mailto:catherinen@warsash.hants.sch.uk]

JPNS HOOK-WITH-WARSASH PRIMARY SCHOOL HATS ''CAPTION: Phoenix Pearman (pictured in the maroon witches hat second row from the back) whose dad died of a brain tumour, which is why they did wear a hat day.''Hook-with-Warsash Primary school was brought alive with an abundance of colour for a day as everyone wore their favourite hats to school. Pupils turned up on a rare sunny day wearing a wonderful choice of hats from flowery bonnets to swimming hats and even a crash helmet!''The day was organised to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and everyone who wore a hat for the day brought in a contribution for the charity. There was also a cake stall organised by parents who produced an enormous mouth-watering selection of delicious treats.''PICTURE: From: catherinen@warsash.hants.sch.uk [mailto:catherinen@warsash.hants.sch.uk]

Supervisor Emily Moore, left, and deputy supervisor Becky Lansley, back right, with children from Hambledon Pre-School getting ready for their Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children

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YOUNGSTERS helped raised hundreds of pounds in memory of their friend’s dad by wearing a variety of hats to school.

The family of Ross Pearman enlisted the help of Hook-with-Warsash School to raise money for Brain Tumour Research following his death from the disease in February this year. He was just 35.

His five-year-old son Phoenix, who attends the Warsash school, was one of many children to be sponsored to wear hats for the day, raising £637.

Ross’s wife Amanda, 36, of Verne Close in Whiteley, who also has a one-year-old son, Xavier, said as well as cash she wants to raise awareness about brain tumours. ‘It’s vital,’ she said.

‘The amount of people that are dying of brain tumours – the money just isn’t there.

‘The government isn’t supporting it enough.

‘The more I was aware of everything that was happening with Ross, the more I began to realise how many people are suffering from these tumours. The awareness isn’t there and the funding isn’t there to help people. It’s vital that we raise awareness to help families.’

Amanda added that she is thrilled to have received the support from her local community. I’m amazed with the support that’s out there,’ she said.

‘Every day I’m thankful. Not only for the fact that people want to raise money but that people are there emotionally to support people.

‘It makes the children aware that there are people who are supporting them through a difficult time. It helps me with the realisation that Ross is gone. It gives me a drive to go forward and help others.’

Headteacher Christopher Hines said: ‘We’re always keen to support charities and this one is particularly special for the children as they have seen a friend affected by such a devastating disease. It was lovely to see the support that the children, parents and staff were keen to give to this special day.’

The Growing Places nursery at Oak Meadow, where Xavier attends, will be taking part in a sponsored walk for the charity in July.

The four mile walk starts in Hill Head back to the nursery on Saturday, July 7 at 11am.

To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/Amanda-Pearman.

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