People taking part in the Crazy Hats walk will help fund projects costing £100,000 to improve breast cancer care at two county hospitals.
Money raised by this year’s walk at Wicksteed Park in Kettering on Sunday, March 22, will go towards projects at both Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.
The charity, based in Wellingborough, recently donated £68,000 to the breast screening department at the Northampton site.
But it is hoping to hand over about £70,000 to Kettering hospital for three gamma probes, which are used in breast surgery to detect if cancer is present in the lymph system and could prevent a patient from having further surgery and treatment.
A further £30,000 has also been pledged to help with the refurbishment of the chemotherapy suite at Northampton.
Charity founder Glennis Hooper said: “One of the factors that makes the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal quite unique in the county is its financial support for the breast care and oncology services at both Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals, and we are hoping that following this year’s 13th annual walk on March 22, a further £100,000 will be donated to fund two more very important and needy projects.”
Since the charity started 13 years ago, almost £1.8 million has been raised to fund numerous projects for both hospitals, including buying diagnostic equipment and resources in the breast screening departments, surgical equipment as well as fixtures and fittings in Kettering’s treatment centre and chemotherapy centre at Northampton.
Miss Hooper said: “Both hospitals are always looking to enhance their services and it is rewarding whenever we write out a cheque to know we are helping, remembering the tremendous support we receive.
“Sadly, the current number of breast cancer cases is extremely high so it is crucial we continue with our work.
“Overall, this year’s walk will take us over the £2 million but we cannot emphasise enough the need to get more people out with us supporting local breast cancer care so our message is if your life has been affected by breast cancer in any way, we urge you to don your hat, put your walking boots on and join us at our walk.”
She addeded: “Last year, with 2,800 people stepping out with us, a staggering £55,000 was raised. Please help us to maintain this momentum so that these projects, and more, can be realised.”
A long-term aim for the charity is to find new premises so they can offer more support to breast cancer patients.
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