Wellingborough pupils go pink for Crazy Hats

Pink day at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, Wellingborough, for Crazy Hats
Pink day at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, Wellingborough, for Crazy Hats

Students have topped £1,000 with a week of fundraising as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Youngsters at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough ditched their usual uniforms for pink attire today to mark the end of a week of fundraising in aid of local breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

Fundraising included cake sales, selling Crazy Hats merchandise and pupils taking on staff at dodgeball.

Glennis Hooper, founder of Crazy Hats, went along to meet the youngsters and hear all about their efforts.

She praised the school for its support since the early days of the charity, and added: “Thank you for all your efforts this week, and thank you to the sixth formers who came down to our office.

“I hear you have had a fantastic week, I wish I could have come along for more of it.

“Crazy Hats started with £5 from an 86-year-old woman who had breast cancer.

“That £5 has multiplied lots of times and next year we will be close to reaching £2m - that money goes to Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and various breast cancer departments.”

Headteacher Victoria Bishop said she was really proud of the work the students had put in to make the annual event a success.

She said: “These students are just such a credit to the school, I am very proud of them.

“I had the easy bit, they have done all the hard work.

“We started about nine years ago and have always supported the charity.

“The sixth form has this day every year to raise money and raise the profile of the charity.

“We take the development of young responsible adults very seriously as well as academic performance, and this is such a big part of that.”

Head girl Charlotte Moloney said their fundraising included a penny trail along a pink ribbon for Year 7 pupils and a crazy hats competition for children from the Hatton Academies Trust.

She said: “It’s been lots of fun.

“It’s been really nice to have all the students together and getting involved.

“It’s like a community coming together and raising money for a good cause.”

About £1,100 has been raised so far by the school’s pink week.