New firms and organisations have come forward to sponsor awards for walkers taking part in the Crazy Hats walk next month – with dogs being able to compete for a prize for the first time.
Every year the charity appoints independent judges to pick winners in a range of categories at the walk and those walkers are presented with their prizes at a special awards night.
This year six new sponsors have come on board and a new category has been created to honour the dog wearing the craziest hat.
The new category is being sponsored by Kettering Rotary Club.
Crazy Hats founder Glennis Hooper said: “We get lots of dogs with hats and we try to encourage it. Duncan Childs from the Rotary Club said ‘there ought to be an award for the dogs’.”
The new sponsors for the various other awards categories include The Michael Page Award for the craziest hat worn by a child aged under five.
The award is being given in memory of Mr Page, who was a big supporter of Crazy Hats.
Miss Hooper said: “It’s a lovely tribute to Michael, he would have loved it. He was a big supporter of the charity and is sorely missed.”
Other new sponsors include DB Print & Design in Wellingborough, which is sponsoring the category for the craziest hat worn by an adult.
Other new sponsors include Wellingborough-based Millie’s Cafe, Jack Warwick Funeral Service in Kettering and AO Copy & Design in Wellingborough.
The walk will take place on Sunday, March 18, and the awards will be presented at a special awards evening which will take place in the Celebration Suite at Wicksteed Park at 7pm on Friday, March 23.