Glennis Hooper: Sea of pink at Crazy Hats Walk

A previous Crazy Hats walk
A previous Crazy Hats walk

With months of planning and preparations behind us, and with just two more sleeps to go, we are ready for this, our 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk on Sunday.

Wicksteed Park awaits thousands of like-minded people all donning crazy hats, uniting to walk together to share a common bond... and have a lot of fun.

It really is hard to believe that we have come so far and that the walk is still so popular for those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

Organising such a big event, you might think would be so easy for us now but, just like the very first walk back in 2003, we still feel anxious and nervous right up to the very point of cutting the ribbon and now numbers are 10 times that of the first year’s entry.

Only then can we relax, let out a sigh of relief and savour the moment – and what a special moment it is as the throng of people step out and walk by; it is literally a sea of pink.

The noise and the laughter are indescribable and the excited smiles and determined looks on the walker’s faces are embracing.

I always feel emotional as I recognise so many of the walkers and know why they are there, reading messages on their back saying who they are walking for.

I love to stand and watch to encourage them and congratulate them as they achieve yet another lap and to present them with a well-earned medal at the end.

Have I whetted your appetite? Do you fancy joining us this year?

There is still that opportunity to do so – come along early in the morning and we will register you.

To those of you who have entered, thank you, we look forward to seeing you, praying for the weather to be kind to us.

Please look at our website for more details about the walk at www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk.