KIND-hearted NHS staff have been going hat mad to raise cash for the Haiti earthquake appeal.
Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust organised a Hats for Haiti Fundraiser day yesterday.
There was everything from cowboy hats, giant sombreros, trilbies to vintage top hats, and sophisticated berets.
Mark Wingham, from the PCT's media team, said: 'Like many people we were struck by the images on devastation from Port au Prince last week and wanted to do something to help.
'We wanted to raise funds for the relief effort as quickly as possible.
'Mindful that we might not make as much money as usual from a cake sale in January, the month of diets, we thought that Hats for Haiti was a simple idea that people could enjoy taking part in.
'It's been great seeing all the different kinds of hats and everyone getting into the fundraising spirit.'
All PCT staff were encouraged to wear any style of hat and pay a fee to the appeal to do so.
The fundraising event was expected to have raised hundreds of pounds towards the appeal.
Dr Paul Edmondson Jones, director of public health and wellbeing for Portsmouth NHS, is now encouraging residents across the city to donate to the appeal.
He said: 'The residents of Haiti need our support as do those trying to help them.
'They need it quickly and I would urge the people of Portsmouth to give generously to the various appeals for support.'
The iconic Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays is also showing its support by being lit up for a week in the red and blue colours of Haiti's national flag.
The move follows an appeal from the CN Tower in Canada for iconic buildings across the world to do so.
Visitors to the tower will also be asked to make a small donation to Oxfam - one of the charities working to help the people of Haiti.
THE Haiti earthquake has left an estimated 1.5m homeless and killed as many as 200,000.
There are several ways you can donate money to the earthquake appeal.
Go to oxfam.org.uk
Or you donate over the phone by credit or debit card by calling 0300 200 1999.
You can also donate over the counter at any Oxfam shop. Or you can send a donation by post to Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Oxford, OX4 2JY.
Or the Disaster Emergency Committee is on 0370 60 60 900 or dec.org.uk
NHS staff don hats for Haiti to raise aid cash for earthquake appeal
Scores of staff get involved to raise hundreds of pounds for aid