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Hats off to fundraiser

Published Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Coventry’s Lord Mayor has been helping a charity fundraising campaign with a difference.

Nat Parr with the Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor Cllr Linda Bigham, met Nat Parr, who has set herself an unusual challenge.

Nat is aiming to complete 40 different activities where she meets people who wear different types of hats or head protectors in their role – and trying them on herself.

All the money she raises will go to help the work of the Headway charity that supports people who have suffered brain injuries.

Nat, aged 44, from Coventry, suffered a brain injury in 2002 after contracting Guillain–Barré Syndrome – a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system and starves the brain of oxygen.

She spent many years in rehabilitation and was left paralysed from the chest down and needing 24 hour care. She is now a keen member of Headway Coventry and Warwickshire.

She said the challenge is not just about wearing the hats, but learning about the people who wear them.

She said: ““I’m hoping to share the fun with people of all ages from all the different groups I go to.

After meeting Nat and explaining about the Lord Mayor’s hat, robes, sword and mace, the Lord Mayor said: “Nat is a remarkable woman and it was a pleasure to meet her and support her great fundraising idea.

“The Headway charity does wonderful work and Nat has found a very novel and fun way of raising funds. She is also getting people talking about head injuries and the need to wear protective headwear. I hope she enjoyed trying on the Lord Mayor’s hat, I thought it really suited her!”


Nat is still looking for ideas, so if you can help, or make a donation, visit her JustGiving page. (

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