Surgical Staff at Royal Alex Launch ‘Scrap the Cap’ campaign

Staff at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton have launched a unique campaign to raise money for local children’s charity Rockinghorse.

The paediatric surgical team at the Alex have launched the ‘Scrap the Cap’ campaign to save NHS funding being spent on throwaway paper caps, with them being replaced by handmade surgical hats.

Jennifer and Nina have launched the Scrap the Cap campaign
Jennifer Billington, a paediatric surgical registrar, and Nina Wietek, a Junior Doctor at the Alex are running the campaign, following research into the environmental impact of reusable versus disposable theatre hats in the paediatric surgical centre. Jennifer and Nina launch Scrap The Cap campaign

In a bid to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the NHS, Jennifer and Nina have created the Scrap the Cap initiative to provide handmade, reversible and reusable hats to all hospital staff who would like to support the fundraising idea.

Campaign founder, Nina Wietek, says: “We have been amazed at everyone’s response to the campaign so far and have had anaesthetists, surgeons, nurses, ward clerks and health care assistants all requesting caps – they have become a must-have accessory at work!

“We’ve been inundated with unusual requests ranging from tropical fish designs, toucans and macaws to unicorns and race cars, and we have made over 30 hats in the first four weeks. While we originally had children in mind, this project has brought out the inner kid in many of our colleagues and our staff are extremely willing to support Rockinghorse.”

For just £10 per hat, hospital staff can be the proud owner of a bespoke surgical cap, helping to save NHS funds and to make the surgical experience more accessible to young patients and their families. 100% of the profits from every order will be donated to Rockinghorse’s Golden Jubilee appeal, Sussex Giving for Sussex Children.

As the official fundraising arm of the Alex, the charity raises money for items necessary to every child’s treatment; from furnishings and toys for the wards, through to cutting-edge diagnostic machines and life-saving equipment. Rockinghorse is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is supporting a number of paediatric projects.

To support the campaign, visit and enter Scrap the Cap in the search bar, or visit