Hats Off To Research

A host of famous faces donated hats to help support dementia research.

HatsOffToReseach_logo-new-02-02Our scientists are achieving amazing things and with more support they will deliver breakthroughs that will change the lives of people with dementia.

In May 2015, a host of famous faces, from Simon Pegg and Helena Bonham Carter to Seth Rogen and Boy George, backed our work to defeat dementia by donating their personal hats for auction!

Check out the listings below to see all the famous headwear that was up for grabs.

Did you know you can donate to us through eBay?

eBay let you list an item and share the proceeds with us through eBay for Charities. You can choose to give between 100% and 10% of your auction proceeds. To donate a share of an auction you need to list your item through the ‘Advanced Sell’ form. When you set your price, look out for the charity box where you set to donate to us and also choose the proportion of the sale price you want to share.

Boy George

Boy George in Philip Treacy Hat by Dean Stockings

Pop legend Boy George has donated one of his iconic Philip Treacy hats for auction.

The hot pink hat boasts pink band detailing and navy blue silk lining. Some of George’s iconic make-up can also be found on the underside of the rim!

Milliner Philip Treacy is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost hat designers. His creations have graced the world’s catwalks and appeared on the covers of every leading fashion magazine.

George has also personally hand-signed a card as part of his donation above which he has written ‘this is my hat’. This will also be included as part of the lot.

Boy George is universally recognised as one of the music scene’s most iconic artists. To date, George has sold over 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with 80s super-group Culture Club and as a solo artist in his own right. He also continues to be one of the world’s most successful and in-demand international DJs.

Sharon Osbourne


Rock and roll royalty Sharon Osbourne has donated this designer hat for auction.

The 100% wool hat, designed by American fashion label Rag & Bone, is navy blue and has green band detailing around the rim. The hat is a size Large. The picture of Sharon wearing the hat she has donated will also be emailed to the winning bidder.

Sharon found fame on hit reality show The Osbournes before going on to become a household name as a judge on The X Factor, last appearing in the 2013 series. She currently co-hosts American chat show The Talk and is an occasional panelist on Loose Women in the UK. Sharon is also known as the wife of legendary rock star Ozzy Osbourne.

Sharon, whose father died with Alzheimer’s disease, said: ‘Kelly and I fight over this hat all the time!’

Simon Pegg


Actor Simon Pegg has personally signed and donated this cap for auction.

The black Timberland hat, size Medium, has been signed in silver ink on the peak. As well as the hat, a hand-signed photograph of Simon is also being included as part of the lot. The picture of Simon with the hat he’s donated (above) will also be emailed to the winning bidder.

Simon shot to fame in cult sitcom Spaced in 1999. A number of major movie successes followed, including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. He’s also starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including Star Trek and Mission Impossible.

Paloma Faith


Global singing sensation Paloma Faith has personally signed and donated this designer cocktail hat for auction.

The hat has been designed by Cardiff milliner Robyn Coles. The base of the headwear is covered in burgundy velvet, while the white ‘leaf’ and twisting gold ‘stem’ forms a lily design on top. Paloma has signed the white fabric in gold ink.

The British singer, songwriter and actress has released three studio albums, with the first two achieving double-platinum record sales. The third was released last year and features a star cast of songwriters, including Pharrell Williams, Raphael Saadiq and Diane Warren.

Helena Bonham Carter


British movie icon Helena Bonham Carter CBE has donated this floral-inspired hat for auction.

This well-loved hat is black in colour, has a dark grey band running around it and boasts petal and berry detailing on the front. It was created by Nottingham-based fashion designer Sarah Crozier. The winning bidder also will receive a hand-signed photograph of Helena and will be emailed the picture of her wearing the hat she’s donated (above).

Helena is a true Hollywood star who has appeared in a number of big budget movies, including Fight Club, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.

Helena is a two-time Academy Award nominee and has been further recognised with seven Golden Globe nominations, an International Emmy Award for best actress, three Primetime Emmy Award nominations, a BAFTA award and a Screen Actors Guild award.

Seth Rogen


Hollywood funnyman Seth Rogen has personally donated and signed this baseball cap for auction.

The green cap is made by American/Canadian hat manufacturer KC Caps and is part of its Headshots range. Aptly, the hat features a film reel logo on the front.

Seth has hand-signed the hat in green ink. As well as the hat, the winning bidder will also be emailed the picture of Seth wearing the headwear he’s donated (above).

Seth, whose mother-in-law is living with Alzheimer’s disease, is a stand-up comedian, actor, producer, director and screen-writer. He has co-written and starred in films such as Superbad and Pineapple Express. He’s a passionate dementia campaigner, and is a founding member of Hilarity for Charity with his wife and fellow actor Lauren Miller. The group raise awareness and funds for dementia care, support and research.

Philip Treacy


Milliner-to-the-stars Philip Treacy OBE has donated a hat from one of his iconic collections for auction.

Philip has donated a blue asymmetric hat with blue band detailing and silk lining. He has also personally hand-signed a photograph which is being included as part of the lot.

Philip is arguably the most renowned milliner of our generation. His designs have graced the heads of Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge to name a few of his A-list clientele. Thirty-eight of the congregation at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding were wearing his hats.

The hat Philip has donated retails for £390.

Mark Webber


Aussie race ace Mark Webber has personally signed and donated this running cap for auction.

The lightweight headwear, part of Mark’s Aussie Grit Signature Range, has been signed on the peak in silver pen. The black cap boasts ventilation panels on the back and sides and has a ‘2XU’ graphic on the front, ‘Mark Webber’ logo on the right and a green ECG-style graphic on the peak. The one-size-fits-all hat has a Velcro fastener so is fully adjustable.

As well as the hat, the winning bidder will be emailed pictures of Mark signing and wearing it.

Mark is best-known for his time in Formula 1. He took his first F1 win in the 2009 German Grand Prix with the Red Bull Racing team. Throughout his career, Mark achieved nine wins, 36 podiums and 11 pole positions. He hung up his F1 spurs in 2013 and currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche.

John Bishop


Stand-up comedian John Bishop has personal donated and signed this beanie hat for auction.

The one-size-fits-all hat from Next is grey in colour, with a darker grey band running around it. John has signed the hat, which has a fleece lining, in black ink across the front. As well as the hat, the winning bidder will be emailed the picture of John wearing it (above).

John did not start performing stand-up comedy until he was 34. Fourteen years later, John is regarded as one of the best in Britain, having embarked on numerous sell-out tours. He’s also known for his charity work, having raised millions for Sport Relief in 2012 by rowing, running and cycling 295 miles from Paris to London in just five days.

Tony Hawk


Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has personally signed and donated one of his helmets for auction.

The black Bell segment helmet, which Tony has worn while skating, is a size Medium (55-59cm) and has been signed in silver ink. Tony has added custom graphics to the helmet, including ‘Tony Hawk’ and ‘Sony Action Cam’ stickers on the front and a ‘Bones’ sticker on the reverse.

Tony, whose mother is living with Alzheimer’s disease, is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern-day action sports, helping to fuel the popularity of skateboarding in the 80s and 90s. Tony has won dozens of pro tournaments and was the first skateboarder to land a ‘900’ – a 900-degree turn on a vertical ramp. His video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was a hit and spawned an equally popular sequel, Pro Skater 2. In 1992 he co-founded the skateboard company Birdhouse, which makes decks and wheels, as well as clothing and accessories.

Union J


Boyband star JJ Hamblett, from chart-topping boyband Union J, has personally signed and donated this pork-pie style hat.

The hat is from JJ’s personal collection and is one he’s worn on numerous occasions. The hat has also been signed by his bandmates George Shelley, Josh Cuthbert and Jaymi Hensley.

The hat, signed in black ink, is grey in colour and has a black band running above the rim. The winning bidder will also be emailed the picture of the group (above).

Union J shot to fame on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and are signed to Sony Music subsidiary RCA Records.

They’ve registered four top-10 singles and had two hit albums, with their latest track, You Got It All, peaking at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

JJ said:
“Since I’ve been in Union J I’ve really developed my own style and hats are one of my favourite things to wear…especially if I’m having a bad hair day! I bought this one in London and I love it so much. I’ll miss it a lot but thankfully it’s going to a good cause so I don’t mind parting with it.

“Please bid generously and make as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK!”

John Challis


Actor John Challis, best known for his role as cigar-chomping Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, has donated this well-loved Panama for auction.

The Italian-made headwear features black band detailing and has been signed by John in black ink on the underside of the brim.

The winner of this lot will also be emailed a picture of John with his donated hat alongside Only Fools and Horses co-star Sue Holderness, who played Marlene.

John played Boycie for many years, both in Only Fools and Horses and its spin-off The Green Green Grass. His other television appearances include Dixon of Dock Green, The Sweeney, Doctor Who, Coronation Street, Open All Hours, Brass Eye and The Bill, to name a few.

John, who lost his father to Alzheimer’s disease in 1990, said:
“This hat has been my constant companion for many years at cricket matches, in Nepal, on safari in Zimbabwe, on a cruise through the Panama Canal, all the way to San Francisco and on to Hawaii and in the garden on hot days, but strangely it’s not big enough anymore! So this well-travelled titfer will go to the highest bidder, and I shall have to get a new one!”

Goldie Sayers


GB javelin star Goldie Sayers has donated her cap from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – part of the official kit given to Team England competitors.

The fully adjustable hat is made by sportswear brand Kukri and features an embroidered ‘We Are England’ logo on the front and the words ‘Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014’.

Since breaking the British junior record in 2001, Goldie has gone on to become one of Britain’s leading field event athletes. She has competed in the last three Olympics, with her best performance a fourth-placed finish at Beijing 2008. Goldie has been crowned National Champion no less than 11 times.

Goldie said:
“Dementia research is hugely underfunded yet this country’s incredible scientists are making great strides towards making a big breakthrough on the road to preventing this terrible condition. Dementia will affect most of us at some point in our lives so it’s important we try and do as much as possible to defeat it.

“My hat was part of the official England team kit for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year. I wore it in the Athletes’ Village when sheltering from the rain but otherwise, it’s brand new!”

Jahmene Douglas


Soul singer Jahmene Douglas has donated this woolly hat for auction.

The one-size-fits-all headwear from River Island has burgundy tassels and bobble, cream, burgundy and blue patterning and a blue fleece lining. As well as the hat, the winning bidder will be emailed the picture of Jahmene wearing it (above).

Jahmene shot to fame on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, finishing runner-up to winner James Arthur. In December 2012 he signed a record deal with Sony Music and topped the UK Albums Chart seven months later with his debut studio album. He is currently recording his second album, which is set for release later this year.

Perez Hilton


Celebrity blogger and TV personality Perez Hilton has donated his Sorcerer Mickey hat for auction.

The quirky headwear, from Hong Kong Disneyland, comes complete with furry Mickey Mouse ears, sparkly moon and stars detailing and embroidered Hong Kong Disneyland logo on the brim. The hat is also fitted with dozens of small LED bulbs, which come to life with the flick of a switch. As well as the hat, the winning bidder will receive a hand-signed card from Perez and a picture of him wearing the headwear he’s donated.

Perez said:
“I love Disney and this hat is even more special because I bought it at Hong Kong Disneyland in December of 2008. It brings back such happy memories for me and I hope it brings happiness to you!”

Since launching in 2004, PerezHilton.com has become one of the leading go-to sites for celebrity news, registering over 300 million hits a month.



Dance Troupe Diversity have personally signed and donated this snapback cap from their own hat range for auction.

The white cap, part of their FACE Apparel range, features the FACE logo embroidered across the front and combines shades of baby blue, pink and yellow. The hat has been signed by all eight members, Ashley, Jordan, Sam, Mitchell, Warren, Ike, Terry and Perri. As well as the hat, the winning bidder will also receive a Diversity postcard signed by all the boys.

Formed in 2007, the dance troupe now consists of eight members from East London and the Essex area. In May 2009 Diversity took the UK by storm by winning Britain’s Got Talent, beating Susan Boyle in front of a 20 million live TV audience, in what was the most watched TV program in the UK for over six years.