Crazy walkers raise £55,000

Hundreds of people take part in the Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park on Mother's Day.
Hundreds of people take part in the Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park on Mother's Day.

People who took part in this year’s Crazy Hats walk have raised a total of £55,000, which will go towards breast cancer care in the county.

Sponsorship has been rolling in to the Wellingborough-based Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal since its flagship walk took place on Sunday, March 18.

The walk takes place annually at Wicksteed Park in Kettering. Walkers often create elaborate hats to wear for the fundraiser.

The total for this year’s event has now been finalised at £55,000, matching the amount which was raised at the charity’s 2011 walk.

Charity founder Glennis Hooper said: “The total is £55,000. Considering the economic climate at the moment it’s really, really good. We are thrilled, we are very pleased.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported it.”

Now the charity is beginning to plan next year’s event, which will be the 11th annual walk and will take place on Sunday, March 24, at the park.

Crazy Hats is aiming to raise its numbers to reach a record 3,000 walkers next year.

This year’s walk attracted more than 2,400 participants.

Miss Hooper said: “Already we have got plans well in hand for next year.

“We are proud to call it Northamptonshire’s Walk of Walks.

“To get that number of people there in the first place and to raise that amount of money is great.

“It’s the people of Northamptonshire who really make the walk. It’s so uplifting for us to hear comments months afterwards, people stop you and say ‘we did your walk and loved it’.

“Bringing people together once a year to think of others is just a lovely feeling.”