Woolly Hat Day

March 2021

Woolly Hat Day


Turning Tides called on the community in February to put their ‘hats on for homelessness’ and take part in their reshaped Woolly Hat Day event for 2021 – all from the safety of their own homes.


Everyone, from babies to pets, neighbours to family, colleagues to congregations were invited to enter the Woolly Hat themed social media photo competition – with some awesome prizes up for grabs!


The event, sponsored by Compass Travel Group, aimed to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity, which is working tirelessly to support the increasing number of homeless men and women struggling to survive the harsh winter months whilst protecting themselves against the second, more virulent wave of the pandemic.


Launched on 1st February, Turning Tides were delighted by the success of the new style virtual event which saw over 102 competition entries across the four categories and over 1,500 public votes, with the event reaching almost 9,000 people.


Winners of the competition – announced on 19th February by global fundraising sensation Hercule Van Wolfwinkle via a special video message – were:


Team Hats Category

  • 2nd runner up is: Elle Cummings of The Shore Group
  • 1st runner up is: Sarah Wylie’s Team at Pzazz
  • 1st place goes to: WIN Worthing

Unique Hat Snaps Category

  • 2nd runner up is: Jennifer Briscoe
  • 1st runner up is: Helena of Findon Rectory
  • And 1st place goes to: Darcey Lee

Kids in Hats Category

  • 2nd runner up is: Jasper Harrison
  • 1st runner up is: Abi Harley
  • And 1st place goes to: Jennifer Briscoe

Pets in Hats Category

  • 2nd runner up:  Sally Glover
  • 1st runner up is: Sandra Veigel
  • And 1st place goes to: Michelle Wilson


Entrants were encouraged to share their entries amongst friends and family on their own social media platforms to gain votes, but more importantly spread the message of Turning Tides’ mission to end local homelessness far and wide.


Our winners will receive a number of kindly donated prizes including a signed pet portrait by Hercule, award-winning kids portrait photoshoot, Brighton i360 ride, Salt Space therapy sessions, family days out and more.


Turning Tides would like to thank everyone who took part in the event, either by submitting an entry, voting, sharing or donating. Our community has once again proven itself to be fully supportive of our mission to end local homelesssness.