Sign up for the 12 + 1 Walk and help the Crazy Hats team reach the £2m mark in their fight to improve breast cancer care in the county.
The 13th Crazy Hats walk will begin at 10.30am on Sunday, March 22, at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.
While 13 may be unlucky for some, the charity is hoping to beat last year’s total of 2,800 walkers with the 12 + 1 Walk and reach £2m with its fundraising.
More than £55,000 was raised by the 2014 walk and it was used to fund projects in various departments at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals as well as funding the support and therapy service run at the charity’s office on the Finedon Road industrial estate in Wellingborough.
Charity founder Glennis Hooper said: “During the past two years we have seen more and more people come through our doors and these include patients, carers, family members and friends. We offer a weekly coffee and chat session and a weekly therapy session, but this simply is not enough.
“Ideally, this kind of provision should be available every day of the week, those coping with the disease cannot always wait a week to talk about problems they may have. We are also finding it very difficult to physically accommodate everyone who comes in.
“With numbers of people diagnosed with breast cancer growing year on year and figures set to rise even higher we want to act now to get the right infrastructure in place, patients deserve it and we should be moving with the times.”
She added: “Taking part in our annual walk is one way of showing your support. All we ask is for you to give up one morning a year and ask your family, friends and work colleagues to get involved.
“Those who have taken part in previous walks will know just how special the atmosphere is – it is special because it is local and we are all supporting each other.
“If you have not taken part before you have to be there to understand why we do it.
“Our walks are fun and very sociable and they are good source of exercise, the companionship shown is admirable and the feel-good factor, when you have finished, is so, so good; you feel you really have done something worthwhile; something that is going to help and make a difference.
“If your life has been affected by breast cancer in any way and you are, like us, determined to make services better, then sign up now. Come on your own, bring a friend, bring your dog or get a team together, you will be guaranteed a most memorable morning and don’t forget your hat, the crazier the better.”
Avon has for the eighth year running sponsored the walk with a £10,000 donation to pay for the t-shirts and medals for all walkers as well as a goody bag.
Weetabix has offered items for the goody bags, AO Copy will be supporting printing costs, Premier will be donating water and sweets for the walkers and Wicksteed Park will once again be offering its facilities.
Miss Hooper said: “Let’s make 2015 a year to remember. The potential is undoubtedly there to really make this a record breaker – together we can make a difference.”