Two Scottish award-winning milliners are holding Scotland’s first Hat Walk in Dunfermline to raise money to help find a cure for brain tumours.

Leanne Cairns, from Leanne Cairns Millinery in Kilmarnock, and Lisa Jones, from Off With Her Head Millinery in Fife, are organising the free event at Pittencrieff Park, where everyone must wear a hat to take part and raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

The event is being held in collaboration with World Hat Walk which is held in 14 locations globally.

The pair were inspired to do “something positive” after the 14-year-old daughter of one of Leanne’s close friends, Clare Cornyn, was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

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Leanne said: “When Clare’s daughter Emma was 10, she started getting headaches and became tired all the time. She then became forgetful; after a bout of double vision, she went to the opticians where they could see she had a brain tumour, a craniopharyngioma, around her pituitary gland.

"Emma is like a niece to me so it was an incredibly anxious time.”

More than 1,000 people in Scotland are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.

Emma has undergone five procedures to try and deflate the tumour and to drain excess fluid. She had an endonasal endoscopic operation at the Royal Hospital for children in Glasgow to treat problems with her sinuses.

She now needs to take daily medication to replace hormones due to suffering deficiencies.

Leanne said: “Overall Emma is a witty, humorous and intelligent girl who has an active, full and normal life but the tumour takes constant care to maintain.

"At some point, it will require further treatment but it’s such a rare disorder that there are no answers, which is why research is so vital.

“We’re so grateful to William Chambers Millinery and Stephanie Gallen Millinery, from Glasgow, and Highland Hat Blocks in Aberdeen for helping to purchase special Brain Tumour Research badges for giveaways to attendees.

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. More needs to be done to help find a cure.”

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Scotland Hat Walk will take place on Sunday, April 7, at 1pm, in Pittencrieff Park. Find out more at the Scotland Hat Walk Facebook page.

“If we can get as many people as possible to come to it that would be great," Leanne added.  “We are trying to promote the fact that people do not wear enough hats. We were always baffled nobody had a hat event in Scotland.”