NICFC - Cancer Fund for Children


Hats and Shades

Sun Awareness Week


Ahead of Sun Awareness Week (8th – 14th May), we’re encouraging local children to think about their all-important Hats and Shades.

With the sun starting to make an appearance, it’s important that local kids are clued in when it comes to staying safe in the sun.

With skin cancer being the 5th most common cancer in the UK, we’re raising awareness of the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.


Hats and Shades

Hats and Shades is our annual sun safety campaign, where we encourage local schools

St Joseph's Primary School Newcastle get their Hats and Shades on

St Joseph’s Primary School Newcastle get their Hats and Shades on

pupils to wear their favourite hats and shades to school for a day, in return for making a donation to support local children and young people with cancer.

Schools can hold Hat and Shades on a day of their choice. Each participating school will receive an event fundraising pack including posters, sponsor forms and fun educational tools to help get the sun safety message across and make the day a shining success!

Our Schools Fundraiser Rebeccca said:

“With summer soon upon us, it is essential that we teach children from a young age about the importance of taking care in the sun – from wearing high factor sun cream, to covering up with a hat and a long t-shirt when playing outside, and especially when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.

“Hats and Shades Day aims to educate children about the very simple steps they can take to stay safe in the sun. Over the last 3 years, Cancer Fund for Children has helped to educate over 12,000 primary and nursery school children about the importance of sun safety and raised a staggering £37,340 to support local families whose lives have been impacted by cancer.”


Gordon’s Chemists


We’re delighted that local company, Gordon’s Chemist are once again showing their support for the campaign. This is the third year they have joined forces with us to educate young people on the importance of staying sun savvy.


Get Your Shades On


If your school is interested in taking part, or you know a school who might want to get involved in Hats and Shades Day, call us on 028 9080 5599 or email

Updated on: 2nd May, 2017