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St Oswald’s Hospice Desperately Needs Hats!

St Oswald’s is calling on the people of the north east to donate their unwanted hats, to make sure Newcastle Beer and Cider festival’s ‘Hat Day’ is a success!

A highlight of the Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival is Hat Day, which takes place on Thursday 27th April. Festival goers are encouraged to dress up in a hat, the more outlandish and original the better. But those who come unprepared needn’t worry, as St Oswald’s will be there manning a stall selling a range of donated headwear!

Trudy McConnell, Shop Manager at St Oswald’s Four Lane Ends shop explains:

We’ve been attending the Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival for a number of years now and we always receive a warm and generous response from the attendees. We round up all of the wonderful hats donated by our supporters to our 28 charity shops across the region including everything from top hats, wedding hats, through to fez’s and skull caps. Last year we raised over £700 from our hat sales at the Beer Festival! Donated hats can be dropped off at any of our shops over the next few weeks, ready to bring along to the event to sell.

As well as the hat stall, St Oswald’s retail team will be selling other merchandise and running the event cloakroom, all to raise funds for the local charity, who care for local adults and children with life-limiting conditions. 

Lucy Smith, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said:

We’re thrilled to have been invited back to the Beer and Cider Festival this year. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) team who run it have been so supportive of our work, donating over £10,000 to the Hospice to date. As well as our hat sales, we also sell a selection of other merchandise from our charity shops at the festival which prove very popular. Thursday’s hat stall is a highlight of the week and it’s always amusing to see how generous people are with their money when it comes to buying crazy hats! We’re extremely grateful to CAMRA for the hard work they put in each year to organise the festival and look forward to seeing our hats on display on the night!

Admission to event, which includes a refundable glass, costs £5.00 and anyone who is a member of the CAMRA organisation can go free. For further information about the event, please email: festivalorganiser@cannybevvy.co.uk