VIDEO: Thousands of people do something crazy for charity

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Thousands of people, from the young to the old, shrugged off the miserable wet weather and did something crazy as they took part in the annual Crazy Hats’s walk on Tuesday evening.

Breast cancer charity Crazy Hats held its 11th annual walk at Wicksteed Park and the founder of the charity Glennis Hooper said she was delighted with the turnout.

Jeanette and Lee Hancock, and Carol East sporting their crazy hats.

Jeanette and Lee Hancock, and Carol East sporting their crazy hats.

The event got off to a great start, with winners of last year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey making a guest appearance before quickly setting off to the airport to fly to the Cannes Film Festival.

Ashleigh said she was delighted to be at the event and was more than happy to work her schedule around the walk so she can support the charity.

Glennis Hooper, who founded Crazy Hats in 2002 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, said:” To have Ashleigh and Pudsey with us tonight is just the icing on the cake and because Ashleigh’s local, and we’re a local charity, we’re so proud to have Ashleigh involved, and of course Pudsey.

“Hats off to everybody for coming tonight because it’s an awful evening, but we’re so proud of everybody so thank you very much for coming.”

Walkers sported their ‘crazy’ headwear ranging from the eccentric to the eye-catching.

There was a number of events before the walk started, with music being played and a dancer warming people up.

There was also a minute’s silence to give people a chance to remember their loved ones, and a performance of You’ll Never Walk Alone by the Seagrave Singers.

Avon also made a special donation of £10,000 to Crazy Hats.

This year’s walk was due to be held on Saturday, March 23, but organisers had to postpone it because of snow.

Last year’s event raised £12,000 from entrance fees alone, and a further £35,000 from walkers’ sponsorship and donations.

The money has already been given to Kettering and Northampton hospitals.

To see footage from the Crazy Hats Walk, the performance from the Seagrave Singers, and more from Ashleigh and Pudsey and Glennis Hooper watch the video above.