Glennis Hooper - Best feet forward this Mother’s Day

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Christmas has gone, as has Valentine’s Day, and now the shops are full of Easter merchandise and cards for Mothering Sunday, or Mothers’ Day as some might prefer to call it; the latter being so special for us all as we all have, or have had, a mum who means so much for so many reasons.

At 57 I am very lucky to still have my mum (87) and I will be so proud when she joins us at Wicksteed Park on Mothers’ Day to cut the ribbon to start our 10th Anniversary Walk, her commitment being that ‘while I have an ounce of breath in my body, I will be there’.

You see, our walk this year happens to fall on Mothers’ Day (Sunday, March 18) but I see this as a very positive date in the diary to hold such an event like ours. If, for some reason, your life, or that of a loved one’s, has been affected by breast cancer, in any way, then what better occasion to bring everyone together, joining like-minded people for just a few hours, once a year and do something good?

Circumstances are such that the date cannot be changed. We also have to fit in with national fundraising events being staged around this time e.g. Sport Relief, Race for Life etc. This year’s walk for us at Crazy Hats, a local charity, is our 10th and we really do want it to be bigger and better than in previous years so that we can continue to support our local breast care and oncology units.

The groundwork has been done and preparations are in place to cater for huge numbers again, with a few added extras. Now, we urge you to think seriously about submitting your entries as soon as you can.

A few years ago, with more than 2,000 walkers registered and the rain relentlessly pouring down, we arrived very early at Wicksteed Park to find the lower part flooded, the rangers telling us we should cancel. This was an impossible ask and within minutes the hardy, loyal and determined walkers came out in their hundreds to battle the elements. The fun we had, despite such atrocious conditions, had to be seen to be believed; in many ways it was our best ever.

So this year, although it coincides with Mothers’ Day, please support us. It is all over by lunchtime when you can all go out for that lovely lunch, with a hearty appetite after a good walk and fresh air, knowing you have played your part.

This year please walk for your mum, walk with your mum – for together we can make a difference to breast cancer care in Northamptonshire.