Cricket players go pink to raise cash for Wellingborough-based breast cancer charity

Northants Cricket Club players wearing their pink shirts with members of Crazy Hats

Northants Cricket Club players wearing their pink shirts with members of Crazy Hats

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The Steelbacks looked pretty in pink as they helped to raise more than £1,000 for a breast cancer charity which supports patients across the county.

Members of Northants Cricket Club swapped their normal kit for pink shirts sponsored by Colemans before asking fans to make a bid for them.

The generosity of fans saw them raise £1,200 in an auction in aid of the Wellingborough-based Crazy Hats charity.

The idea was suggested after the charity held an event at the cricket ground in Northampton to celebrate reaching the milestone of £2 million earlier this year.

Glennis Hooper, founder of the charity which raises money to improve breast cancer care at Kettering and Northampton general hospitals, said: “When we had the celebration there, we were saying it would be good to do something with the cricket club.

“They have a Beaujolais club for men and have supported us with that for three or four years.

They looked lovely in pink

Glennis Hooper

“Because we have got the link with the cricket club, I said it would be nice to have a fundraiser with them and said it would be lovely for the team to wear pink.”
Glennis contacted one of their long-term supporters, Colemans, to see if they would sponsor the shirts and they jumped at the chance to help.

The team wore the pink shirts in the match against Gloucester, which they won.

Glennis added: “The raffle on the day raised £1,400 alone, it was a really good day and we have agreed that a ladies day will happen next year.

“Special thanks to Northants Cricket Club, Colemans and the players involved for getting into the spirit of it and doing their bit to raise as much money as possible.

“They looked lovely in pink.”

The cricket club tweeted about the fundraising and said: “Wow! We’ve raised over £1,200 in the pink shirt auction for Crazy Hats.

“Thank you to our very generous winners.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Cricket Club said: “The boys loved playing in pink, and they are delighted that they have raised so much for Crazy Hats.”

Since the auction closed, a number of people who won their bids have been back in touch with the club to see if they can double their bids with a Steelbacks shirt so the total amount raised may yet go up further.