Help Crazy walk to hit the 3,000 mark

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Crazy Hats is hoping to make its 10th anniversary walk in March a bumper one and attract a landmark 3,000 people to take part.

The Wellingborough charity will hold its annual flagship event at Wicksteed Park in Kettering on Sunday, March 18.

Charity founder Glennis Hooper said: “When we did our first walk we started with 250 people. I remember we were over the Moon because it raised £7,500 and when you equate that to the number of people walking it’s a huge amount.

“Now the walk is nearly at 3,000. It’s remarkable how it’s grown over the years.”

Miss Hooper said organising the walk was a lot of hard work but was a labour of love.

She said: “The excitement is brewing for me. The list of things we have to do to check the walk is organised properly is phenomenal. It’s a work of art getting it all done.”

Miss Hooper said she would be personally awarding people with their medals as they completed the walk this year as a way of thanking everyone for their efforts.

She added: “We have got to make the 3,000. It’s just a number, it’s a personal thing for me.”

Jill Mason, of Tewkesbury Close, Wellingborough, has done the walk every year. She said: “The atmosphere at the walk is lovely, ever so friendly. It would be nice to get to 3,000 this year.”

Stephanie Sargeant, of Cedar Way, Wellingborough, will do the walk for the fifth time this year. She said: “I enjoy the atmosphere and everyone getting together for a few hours for the walk. It’s emotional. I think people should take part and just enjoy a fun day.”

Avon, Weetabix, AO Copy and several other firms are backing the event.

Scott Schlackman, general manager of Avon UK, said: “As a Northamptonshire-based company we are very proud to be supporting Crazy Hats again this year for the 10th anniversary walk.”

People can register now. The deadline for entries is Sunday, March 11.

For details call 01933 442999.