VIDEO: Getting in the pink to raise awareness

Fundraisers and schoolchildren have been in the pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Fundraisers from the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal set out their stall in the Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough.

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy's Wear It Pink Day

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy's Wear It Pink Day

October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the charity’s busiest month of the year and they have been out and about around the county selling their pin badges, T-shirts, trolley fobs and a range of other Crazy Hats merchandise.

All money raised will go towards buying equipment for breast cancer care at Kettering and Northampton general hospitals.

Charity founder Glennis Hooper, of Wellingborough, said: “We have been very busy in October.

“The response in Corby was fantastic, and this is our second time in the Swansgate.”

The charity is working towards raising money for projects and equipment totalling £60,000 for Kettering General Hospital and £30,000 for Northampton General Hospital.

Miss Hooper said: “We are now replacing the equipment that the hospitals had years ago.

“We like to feel that we as a charity are making a difference and helping to buy the specialist equipment.

“But Breast Cancer Awareness Month for us is also about talking to people and listening to people’s stories.

“We have had a very enthusiastic response from people.

“Even if we have helped one lady come to terms with her breast cancer journey, we have done our job.”

Staff and pupils at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough also supported the charity and the national Breast Cancer Care Awareness Month with a Wear It Pink Day.

In the week leading up to the Wear It Pink day, a team of sixth formers organised various fundraising events including inter-house staff and student sports matches, a healthy cake sale supported by the staff at the school’s canteen, a penny trail and the mufti day itself, when pupils paid £1 to go to school not wearing their uniform.

The event has raised £1,421.02 so far.