Get your hats on for annual charity walk

Glennis Hooper
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The organisers of the 11th annual Crazy Hats walk, which will take place on Tuesday evening after being rescheduled due to bad weather, hope this year’s event will be the best ever.

The event will be held at Wicksteed Park in Kettering at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 14.

This year’s event had to be rearranged after heavy snow was predicted to fall on the original date of Sunday, March 24.

Crazy Hats founder Glennis Hooper said she hopes that holding the walk on a Tuesday evening instead of a Sunday won’t have a negative effect on the amount of people who take part.

She said: “We are confident that it’s going to be a good night – who knows it might be so successful that we might consider doing the walk at night next year.

“We’ve had more than 2,400 people register to take part. Some have already done the walk off their own back and we’ve had some people who say they can do it now that it’s on a Tuesday night.

“I am hopeful that it will be a great night, but it is going into the unknown.

“It takes a long time to organise and cancelling the walk was a setback, but on a positive note you have to pick yourself up and start again. It has toughened our skins because it’s the first time that we’ve had to postpone it, but hats off to our team because we’ve literally had to start from fresh.”

Miss Hooper added: “The walk is not just about being a good fundraiser, it’s the flagship event for the charity.

“People are going to the walk because they have been through breast cancer themselves, or a family member or friend has had breast cancer. There’s always a good atmosphere.”

The Crazy Hats walk has been held in aid of the charity for the last 11 years.

It usually raises about £55,000 for breast cancer services. The two main hospitals supported by Crazy Hats are Kettering and Northampton general hospitals, although some money is donated to Leicester Royal Infirmary.