FAMILIES are being urged to celebrate their mums by taking part in the 10th annual Crazy Hats walk, which is being held this year on Mother’s Day.
Organisers hope to attract up to 3,000 people to take part in the charity’s flagship event at Wicksteed Park in Kettering on Sunday, March 18.
Charity founder Glennis Hooper hopes this year’s annual sponsored walk will raise thousands of pounds for the charity, which supports women and men who are going through treatment for breast cancer.
She will be joined at the event by her 87-year-old mother Mamie, who lives in Kettering.
Mrs Hooper has started the walk every year since it began in 2002 and she’ll be getting the walkers under way by cutting the ribbon with the same pair of scissors she’s used to start every other walk.
Miss Hooper said: “We are going to make the walk special because it is Mother’s Day.
“I will be so proud to have my mum there and I hope that other people feel the same way.
“My mum always starts the walk – she’s used the same pair of scissors each time for the last 10 years.
“For me to have my mum there is special because when I was diagnosed she was my rock, and she’s supported me so much in the last 10 years.
“She’s always been so supportive and encouraging.”
Walkers are urged to wear wacky hats as they walk around the park.
Miss Hooper added: “I hope that the walk being Mother’s Day doesn’t put people off taking part.
“If people have made an appointment at a restaurant they could go after they have done the walk in the morning with the feeling that they have done something special beforehand.
“Of course we understand if people can’t take part because they have to travel to see their mum, but we will do something special for the mums.”
The sponsored walk has grown considerably since it began in 2002 with just 250 participants.
Last year’s event raised almost £55,000 for the charity, which supports work at hospitals in Kettering and Northampton.
Avon, Weetabix, AO Copy and several other firms are backing this year’s event.
Entry forms can be downloaded at www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk/home.asp. People can register now. The deadline for entries is March 11. For details call 01933 442999.