Glennis Hooper: Worth getting up early for

Carol Benfield, Glennis Hooper, Pat Hyde and Linda Savage at a recent Pink Day for Crazy Hats at the Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough

Carol Benfield, Glennis Hooper, Pat Hyde and Linda Savage at a recent Pink Day for Crazy Hats at the Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough

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The sound of my alarm disturbed an intriguing dream which, of course, disappeared from memory the minute my brain engaged the fact I had to get out of my warm and cosy bed. It was 5am.

It was dark, cold and wet and a long day lay ahead.

Listening to the radio the stand-in presenter was also having problems in having to get up so early, thinking, like me, he was the only one to do this.

However, this thought, he said, was only until he hit the road and he realised just how many people were up and about and making their way in life.

I was quite excited about my day as we were standing in the town centre at Corby for one of our breast cancer awareness events.

Our van was packed to the hilt with all our wares and adrenalin was running high wondering how the day would progress.

Like all of the days we have been out and about in the county this year, and in previous years, the support was overwhelming and we were exceptionally busy.

Sales were particularly high, as were donations, and I would like to personally thank each and every person who showed such generosity, many of whom did not stop to talk but just wanted to “give”.

What were their stories, I wonder?

Getting up early on a day such as this is nothing when you think about the huge difficulties and problems many people live with on a day-to-day basis, yet still find it in their hearts to think of others for little or no return.

As a fundraiser I feel humbled to be doing what I, and that of our team, do to ensure the high standards of breast cancer care services here in Northamptonshire are maintained and improved.

Even having cramp later in the evening was worth every second of being out there with the public.

Thank you again.