Everybody’s a winner at Crazy Hats ‘Oscars’

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Crazy Hats, the breast cancer charity, held an awards ceremony for people who took part in its 10th anniversary sponsored walk.

But everyone at the event at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, on Mother’s Day was declared a winner by organiser Glennis Hooper.

Almost 2,500 cancer patients, their families and friends turned out for the walk on Sunday, March 18, sporting their trademark crazy headgear and turning the park into a sea of pink. On Friday night an awards ceremony was held to thank those who took part and hand out trophies.

Miss Hooper, 57, said: “Crazy Hats is all about people and the awards night is a way to carry on the feelgood factor that we all have at the walk.

“I am so grateful to the walkers and I want to thank the thousands of people who sponsor them, the Crazy Hats team and those who work behind the scenes.”

After a video of the walk and a welcome by cancer specialist and Crazy Hats president Dr Roy Mathew, the awards were presented. Tiny Remie Cochrane, of Corby, took the prize for the youngest walker as she was just six weeks old when she was taken to the event. Kathleen Holmes was the oldest participant at a sprightly 85.

The largest family team was Where’s Wally, better known as the Whitneys of Wellingborough.

Other awards went to Leah Morgan (craziest hat five to 16), Millie Gilkes (craziest hat under five), Gordon Menzies (craziest adult hat) and the 16th St Edwards Scouts, of Kettering (largest youth group).

Also receiving trophies were Rosemary Conley slimmers and consultants (largest company team), the Bucking Oncos from Northampton General Hospital (largest medical team), Broughton Buddies ladies skittles players (team with craziest hats), the Nifty Fifties social club members from Redwell Leisure Centre, Wellingborough (largest friends group), Julie Butlin and her pet Honey (dog with craziest hat) and Team Toddy from Wollaston School (largest school team).