Juliet and crazy gang are first-time walkers

Juliet Barnes with her mother Doreen Crowe and daughter Imogen Barnes, and Alison Hayward with daughter Sophie Hayward
Juliet Barnes with her mother Doreen Crowe and daughter Imogen Barnes, and Alison Hayward with daughter Sophie Hayward

A team of about 10 family and friends are looking forward to taking part in the Crazy Hats walk for the first time this weekend.

The walk, which is being held at Wicksteed Park in Kettering on Sunday, has been running annually for 10 years this year.

Juliet Barnes, of Rushden, has rallied a big group of entrants to take part in the walk for the first time.

The Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal has become a cause close to Mrs Barnes’ heart since her mother Doreen Crowe, of Rushden, was diagnosed with breast cancer last March.

Mrs Barnes said: “I’ve no idea what to expect from the walk.

“I have been told the atmosphere is really good because I know people who have done it previously.

“It’s on Mother’s Day and it means I get to spend time with my mum and my daughter Imogen, who is walking too, gets to spend time with me without the hubbub of everyday life.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

Mrs Barnes said she had wanted to join in with the Crazy Hats theme by making some weird and wacky headgear and attire to wear on the walk.

She said: “I thought ‘the more ridiculous, the better’.

“I like pink so that’s a good start. It will be feather boas, whatever we can get our hands on.”

Mrs Barnes found out more about Crazy Hats, which is based in Wellingborough, when she went along to the charity’s regular coffee morning with her mum.

The charity holds the events at its base in Sanders Road on the Finedon Road industrial estate from 10am to midday every Thursday.

Admission for the Crazy Hats walk is £5.50 for adults, £4 for under-16s, and children aged under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entries are being accepted in advance up until the day of the walk and entrants can also enter on the day.

For more information call 01933 442999.