ICPCN has chosen the second Friday in October, which this year falls on Friday 13 October 2017, to be a day for raising funds and international awareness of the work of children’s hospices and children’s palliative care (CPC) services worldwide. We’ve called the campaign Hats On for CPC and #HatsOn4CPC on social media sites.
WHO CAN JOIN IN THE FUN?
Anyone can join this campaign – we want it to go viral so please help us spread the word. Encourage colleagues and friends to wear a hat on Friday 13 October and to make a donation to ICPCN or a children’s hospice or palliative care programme close to where you live.
See some of our wonderful supporters from previous years.
WHAT IS THE DAY ABOUT?
The day aims to raise funds for children’s palliative care, but more importantly, to raise awareness of the rights of very sick children with incurable and life-threatening illnesses to receive palliative care.
We know that there are in excess of 21 million children in the world who live with a life-limiting illness or condition that will or could drastically shorten their lives.
Sadly, just 1% of these children are accessing palliative care services. Services that do exist are mostly in the developed world. Those in the developing world are often underfunded and inadequate to meet the overwhelming need. As a result, millions of children have a poor quality of life and suffer from pain and other distressing symptoms which could be controlled and significantly improved with palliative care.
WHAT IS CHILDREN’S PALLIATIVE CARE?
Children’s palliative care (CPC) is holistic care that responds to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness as well as providing care for the child’s family. It aims to provide expert pain relief and symptom control and whatever emotional, social and spiritual support is required to enable the affected child to enjoy the best quality of life possible in the circumstances. When necessary, it supports the child at the end of life and continues to care for the bereaved family members for as long as is needed. This care is provided by a compassionate team of people who all wear different, and sometimes many, hats! You can find out more about CPC on our FAQ page.
HOW CAN I BE A PART OF HATS ON 4 CPC?
Hats On for CPC is a wonderful way to raise awareness and funds for children’s hospices and palliative care services. You can get involved at various levels, either as:
A school or company
Raising funds for your own children’s palliative care service or NGO
GET INVOLVED AS AN INDIVIDUAL
Wear a hat on Friday October 13, 2017 and encourage friends and family to do the same.
Take a selfie, add the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC, upload to your Facebook page and tag ICPCN’s Facebook page
Get your friends together and host your very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, share photos on social media and tag ICPCN. Use the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC
Hold a hat making/hat wearing competition with prizes for the winners in different categories, such as most elegant hat, funniest hat, tallest hat, etc.
Make a donation of your choosing to ICPCN in honour of the day. You will find the donate button below.
GET INVOLVED AS A SCHOOL, COLLEGE CLASS OR COMPANY
Host your own ‘Hats On 4 CPC’ event at your school or workplace. Here’s how:
Download the free materials below to advertise your event and explain CPC to friends and colleagues.
Ask staff and/or students to purchase a sticker and wear the sticker and a hat to work or school on Friday 13 October 2017.
Donate proceeds from your Hats On for CPC event to ICPCN or your local children’s hospice or children’s palliative care organisation. You will find the donate button below.
Register your event and we’ll put you on the map.
RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR OWN CHILDREN’S PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICE OR NGO
Hats On 4 CPC is a wonderful way to raise funds for your charity. Here’s how:
Register your event with us. You will receive instructions and a special media pack to help you host a successful Hats On for CPC fundraising day.
Once you have stickers, encourage your community (schools, businesses and other organisations) to support your organisation by purchasing stickers from your charity, wearing a hat on Friday 13 October and/or holding a Hats On for CPC event to raise funds for your organisation.
Share your photos on social media with #HatsOn4CPC and tag ICPCN.
I’VE COLLECTED THE DONATIONS – NOW WHAT?
You can donate directly to ICPCN through the PayPal button below or using Zapper. By doing so you help us to help very sick children and their families receive the kind of care they deserve.
DONATE TO ICPCN USING PAYPAL
DONATE TO ICPCN USING ZAPPER
DONATE TO ICPCN THROUGH DIRECT BANKING
MATERIALS TO DOWNLOAD
SAVE THE DATE
Download Information Flyer: Hats on 2017 Save the Date
Download as a PDF: Pirate Hat for Hats On
Download as PDF: Firefighter Hat for Hats On
Download as a PDF: Police Hat for Hats On
Download as a PDF: Chef Hat for Hats On