Volunteers working hard for big event

Getting ready for the Crazy Hats Walk
Getting ready for the Crazy Hats Walk

With less than a month to go until the 11th Crazy Hats 
annual walk the final 
preparations are under way.

Last week the Northamptonshire Telegraph was the first to reveal that Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey will start this year’s event.

The pair will show off some of the tricks which made them such a hit with the nation’s television viewers before starting the walk at Wicksteed Park at 10.30am on Sunday, March 24.

The charity’s founder, Glennis Hooper, said: “It’s all go here with the volunteers stuffing the goody bags for every walker.

“We’ve got some great things this year thanks to our sponsors, Weetabix, who have been with us since the beginning, Walkers Crisps, Avon and Booker. Everyone gets a T-shirt and a medal as well as lots more so they get a lot for their £6 entry fee.

“People are coming into the office to enter and we’re getting emails from people wanting to enter and telling us their stories.

“It’s really bustling here and the volunteers are working tirelessly.

“You do get butterflies before you organise a big event like this but the atmosphere on the day and hearing people’s stories makes all the hard work insignificant.

“The new consultant at Kettering General Hospital, Mr Musa, has said he will be coming along to do the walk.”

Walkers don’t have to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship and entries are accepted on the day.

The breast cancer charity has raised more than £1.5m for Kettering and Northampton general hospitals since it started. All the £55,000 raised by last year’s walk was donated to Kettering hospital.

This year, one of the projects the charity is raising funds for is to enhance the MRI scanning facilities at Kettering General Hospital. It is also raising funds for the complementary health service it runs at its Wellingborough office.

For details visit www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk, call 01933 442999, or visit the office in Sanders Road, Finedon Road industrial estate, Wellingborough.