Ashleigh and Pudsey to start Crazy Hats Walk

This year will be the 11th Crazy Hats Walk
This year will be the 11th Crazy Hats Walk
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The organisers of the annual Crazy Hats walk have announced Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey will start this year’s event.

The Wellingborough duo will perform some tricks before getting the walk under way at Wicksteed Park on Sunday, March 24, at 10.30am.

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey

Now in its 11th year, previous walks have each raised £55,000 on average for the Wellingborough-based county breast cancer charity and attracted up to 2,800 participants each time.

Glennis Hooper, who founded the charity in 2002 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, said: “We are absolutely chuffed that Ashleigh and Pudsey will start the walk. It’s huge news for our walk and I’m sure it will help to bump up our attendance figures. It’s really exciting because we have never had a celebrity before.

“She’s going to start the walk from a stage. She will say some words and they will perform some tricks.

“To know that Ashleigh wants to support the charity is quite touching for us. She’s from Wellingborough, so to have a celebrity who is also local is brilliant. I am looking forward to meeting her and telling her about our charity.”

Ashleigh said: “I am thrilled to be involved. We are honoured to be part of such a great local event. We always try to do as much charity work as possible to give back to the people who voted for us.

“When the organiser approached us we said we definitely wanted to do it because they are from Wellingborough and it’s for the Northamptonshire area. With our profile, hopefully we can attract people to come along.

“This will be my first time at the walk, but I know a lot of my friends have done it in the past.”

For more details visit www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk, call 01933 442999, or visit the Wellingborough office in Sanders Road, Finedon Road industrial estate.