Snow: Crazy Hats walk called off

Crazy Hats supporter Jo Malone putting up posters letting people know the walk has been postponed
Crazy Hats supporter Jo Malone putting up posters letting people know the walk has been postponed

Organisers have had to make the ‘heartbreaking’ decision to postpone the annual Crazy Hats walk due to be held on Sunday.

More than 2,500 people were expected to take part in the breast cancer charity’s fundraiser at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, this weekend but charity founder Glennis Hooper said after spending several hours agonising over the decision, the forecast of heavy snowfall meant they had to postpone.

However, a new date has already been set and the walk will now take place on Tuesday, May 14.

Miss Hooper of Wellingborough said: “We have got to do the sensible thing, it’s people’s health and safety that’s paramount here.

“We don’t want anyone slipping over.

“We hope people will understand the dreadful decision we have had to make.

“The British weather is just so unpredictable.”

Miss Hooper added: “It’s an awful decision to have to make, it’s heartbreaking.

“But I really appeal to the public to get behind us on this one.

“We hope the weather forecasters are wrong but every website we have seen is saying snow.”

The charity, which raises money to support and improve breast cancer treatment for Northamptonshire patients, has already started putting out posters and banners across the county to notify people of the postponement.

It is hoped anyone who had registered for the walk will honour the registration fee for the new date in May.

The sponsored walk is the charity’s biggest fundraiser of the year and more than 2,500 people of all ages took part last year.

Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey from Wellingborough had been lined up to start this year’s five-mile walk, and the pair’s agent has already said they will be attending the rearranged walk.

Miss Hooper, who set up the charity after beating breast cancer herself, said: “We have got to put this behind us now and be positive.

“We are going to go crazy in the evening.

“Ashleigh and Pudsey have said they will support us 100 per cent and will be there on Tuesday, May 14.”

For more details about the postponement, call the charity on 01933 442999.

Further details can also be found on the charity’s website at www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk.