Wednesday, 16 December 2009

start supporting matt!

Event: Virgin London Marathon
Event date: 25/04/2010

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Congratulations Maggie's!

Adam's Hats sends congratulations to Maggie's Cancer Caring centres for achieving the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture, for its London centre designed by Richard Rogers. We are very proud to be associated with Maggie's through our latest research initiative which aims to provide pyschosocial support for young people affected by the cancer of a sibling or friend.

cut and paste the following link to see the winning site!...

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The wish lanterns @ ADAMS HATS / BLUEHORSE event...

Eden Half Marathon 11 October

Frank Deveux is running this new Half Marathon for Adam's Hats! Support Frank through JustGiving by clicking on the link below. But hurry, because he runs in just 2 weeks' time!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A huge thank you to Bluehorse for raising a magnificent £8500 for Adam’s Hats at a unique event in Cornwall, on 5 September.

A classical riding demonstration using Portuguese Lusitanos, including mounted opera singing, was followed by an auction of promises led by a catwalk on horseback modelling pieces from the Luella collection. Cornish holiday cottages proved extremely popular, as did personalised drawings and photograph sessions for horses and dogs. A day’s sailing, and paintings and pottery from local artists were also amongst the promises.

Cornish pasties, a hog roast and Roskilly’s ice cream were available all night, washed down with Sangria, and 100 Wish Lanterns were launched into the sky at midnight as a wonderful close to a beautiful evening.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Adam's Hats collaborates with Maggie's centres!

Adam’s Hats is meeting its aspiration to help young people who surround young cancer patients

An innovative and unique collaboration between Adam’s Hats and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres will enable children and young people with cancer and their family and friends to access cancer support from Maggie’s Centres.

Designed by some of the world's most respected architects, Maggie's Centres are designed to be homely, positive and uplifting environments, which inspire the imagination and curiosity of all who walk through the front door. The hub of each Maggie's Centre is the over-sized kitchen area, where many gather for a cup of tea - walking into a Maggie's Centre is like walking into the home of a well-informed friend.

Maggie’s has a proven track record in delivering an evidence based programme of psychosocial support. This is offered free of charge, using a professional team comprising Cancer Information and Support Specialists, Benefit and Welfare Advisors, Nutritionists, exercise and art instructors and Clinical Psychologists.

Families will be able to use the centres’ programmes of support (including stress management courses, nutrition workshops and personal sessions), extensive libraries, access the web, or simply relax - taking ‘time out’ in the centre.

Maggie’s takes a unique approach which recognises that cancer affects different family members in different ways, and that their needs for support will change over time, reflecting the transitions involved in diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

The Adam’s Hats and Maggie’s collaboration focuses on the needs of young siblings and friends of cancer patients. Young people tend to confront their own emotional and psychological difficulties but can be a very difficult group to persuade to access support services. While siblings and friends can provide valuable support to a person with cancer, their emotional and informational needs are often not recognised or met.

The collaboration will begin with a focus group of young people who have experienced a friend or sibling with cancer, to understand better their needs from their point of view. We want to hear how, where and when they want support.

Through this collaboration we want to see whether Maggie’s can contribute to the limited, but critical family support provided by the NHS and other charities. As the programme is run, the impact of this work will be evaluated extensively to learn how families use Maggie’s and what their thoughts of the programme are.

Additionally, our alliance will introduce a new element to the Maggie’s programme. We will be working through the design and evaluation of a series of practical workshops for parents, teachers and health professionals called “Supporting and Talking to Children affected by Cancer”. We also expect Maggie’s existing online support to extend and evolve through this collaboration.

The collaboration begins on 1 September 2009, with the use of Maggie’s Highlands (in Inverness), Maggie’s Dundee and Maggie’s Edinburgh being promoted formally to families from October 2009. We expect the series of specialised workshops to begin in January 2010.


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Go Orlando for Adam's Hats!

Orlando Gibbons ran the British 10K in London in July, and raised a
wonderful £523 for Adam's Hats!

The picture shows Orlando and his mother Jo, running together, and
they did it in a magnificent 48 mins 15 secs.

Orlando was a friend of Adam's, having both attended the same nursery
in Islington, before they went to different primary schools.

Some friendships last forever, and Adam will have been smiling down
on Orlando and clapping him across the line.

Thank you, my friend.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Bluehorse Event for Adam's Hats...

For a number of reasons, we have decided to change the venue of the Bluehorse Classsical Equestrian Demonstration on 5 September 09 to Bluehorse's home in Cornwall, near Bodmin.

We very much hope you will still consider coming, and we are compiling a list of places to stay if you choose to make a weekend of it.

The programme will be the same as previously notified, and we do plan to hold a similar event in London next year.

Please see the detailed information below to book tickets...

Bluehorse & the charity Adam’s Hats have joined together for a fund raising event. Presenting Posh Portuguese Piaffe and a perfect Cornish Pasty. Saturday 5th September 09 6.30pm to 12 Midnight. Bosnieves Mill, Withiel, Bodmin, Cornwall.

BLUEHORSE (a creative approach to Classical horsemanship) Showing beautiful Lusitano Horses.

Followed by an Auction of promises and Dancing to Live Music.

Our aim is to raise funds for the children’s cancer charity, Adam’s Hats, dedicated to improving outcomes for young patients and their families. Entry £30 per person min donation to Adam’s Hats

RSVP by email by 17 July to ABELDR@BTINTERNET.COM for confirmation. Cheques payable to Adam’s Hats. UK Tax payers may Gift Aid by supplying name and address. Adam’s Hats Tickets, Priddacombe Farm, Bolventor, Launceston, PL15 7TY

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Dear All

Thank you so much for sponsoring me/us on the BUPA run. We all came in under an hour, not bad we thought!

I promise you that the £1500 we raised for Adams Hats will all go to support teenage neuroblastoma cancer patients and their families.

With best wishes


Wednesday, 6 May 2009


'This is the route for Adam's Hats 6 runners on Bank Holiday Monday in the BUPA London 10K. Come and watch, or support by linking to their Justgiving pages - see below'...

Monday, 4 May 2009


The Bupa London 10,000 starts and finishes in St. James’s Park and uses Green Park as its assembly area.

The race starts on Birdcage Walk and follows an anti-clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London via Parliament Square, Embankment, Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street, Great Tower Street, Crutched Friars, Fenchurch Street, Leadenhall Market, Cornhill, Queen Victoria Street, Puddle Dock, Embankment, Horseguards Avenue, Whitehall and via Trafalgar Square to the Finish in The Mall.

Runners pass many of London’s famous sights, including Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye, Cleopatra’s Needle, Tate Gallery, Millennium Bridge, The Monument, Lloyds of London, Leadenhall Market, Bank of England, Mansion House, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Horseguards, Nelson's Column and Admiralty Arch. Buckingham Palace acts as the backdrop to the start and finish.

Dave Bedford from London Marathon Ltd said: “We are pleased to be working with Nova to produce this exciting new road race, which will be a great addition to both the London Marathon and Great Run stable of events held in and outside London. The mass field will boast an array of elite, club and charity runners, and we fully intend for this race to become a landmark on the annual running events calendar in the UK.”

Brendan Foster from Nova International Ltd added: “We are excited to be working with London Marathon Ltd to stage this new event in the heart of London. Much of the course takes in the proposed route for the 2012 Olympic Marathons so you could hardly get a more inspirational location for the Bupa London 10,000. We are certain that the strengths of both organisations will combine to deliver what we are both best at doing; staging world class road running events.”

Wednesday, 15 April 2009


Moving quickly towards better treatment

At its meeting in Paris in March, the SIOPEN Board approved a new protocol drawn up jointly by European and US representatives of the study group looking at improved treatments for Adolescent and Young Adult neuroblastoma patients. This is a major step forward towards a clinical trial which will have the impressive target of improving the event-free survival rate at 5 years by 30% within this age group, where currently, it is close to zero.

Adam's Hats was instrumental in encouraging agreement at the Paris meeting, that within the detailed clinical trial proposal, and given the heavy burden of high doses of chemo- and radio-therapy required to attack the disease, including repeated components demanding that the patient is in isolation, there should be a requirement for psychosocial support to be available to patients. The Board also agreed that the growing body of evidence connecting appropriate environments for this age group, with improved quality of life during cancer treatment, should be included in the detailed proposal.

Let's get ready to support this project as it moves into its detailed planning stage, by sponsoring our runners in the upcoming BUPA London Run this May!



BUPA London 10K Run - Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 09

Adam's Hats has no less than 6 family and friends running for us in this run through London on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May.

The Finn Harriers is a team put together by Adam's uncle, and Adam's Hats Trustee, Richard Finn, (see and Joe Pose (see is married to one of Adam's very first nursery carers. All long-term supporters of our quest for better outcomes for children with neuroblastoma.

As we move into a critical stage of the research we sponsor, the Adolescent and Young Adult project, please help our courageous runners reach their targets by gong to their JustGiving pages, and come and watch the run!

Monday, 16 March 2009

‘Surely Captain Kirk should have pulled me out of here by now…!?’
oh my god – you should have seen me at the end! That was only after 27k!

M A T T ' S M A R A T H O N 2 0 0 9 .

Time: 03:46:16 (new pb)
Raised: almost £2000 and rising

The perfect start. Having overslept as I hadn’t changed my phone to Spanish time, I jumped up for my pre marathon breakfast, carried out final preparations, packed dry kit, jelly babies, drinks, energy gels……and jumped in a cab to the start. After the usual 25 minute toilet queue we got into position with the other 9500 runners and waited for the start. The start tme approached and a rousing ‘Barcelona’ by Queen (recorded version of course) played over the loudspeaker system. The song ended, the clock started and we were off. The first half went really well – a minute ahead of the pacemaker, enjoying the grey skies and light drizzle and generally feeling good. No real sign of my three injuries at this stage. We made the half marathon point in 1:45 – ahead of schedule but starting to feel it. The mental torment began and I soon started to pay the price for my pace in the first half. Around about the 25k mark my legs started to go and by the time I saw Sue and Alistair at the 27k mark I was really starting to suffer. From there on it was pretty bad, legs tired and plodding away, searching for thoughts to keep me going. The best two I could come up with were not wanting to give sponsorship back to people if I didn’t finish and how disappointed I’d be if I gave up. The clock ticked on, the kilometre signs came and went and eventually I saw the finish line. For the first time in a long run I had nothing left for a final sprint finish and plodded towards the clock grimacing – not a pretty sight I’m sure. For 2 minutes I leaned on my knees, not out of breath exactly but exhausted. I’ve never given so much physically in my life. I’m generally a bit disappointed with my time as I’d wanted to run 3:30 but still pleased that I hadn’t given up and that I’d managed to raise a decent amount for Adams Hats. It’s made me even more determined to break 3:30 next year in London – assuming I’ve recovered!