Fabulous support for the 15th annual Crazy Hats walk in Kettering

The start of the Crazy Hats walk at Wicksteed Park
The start of the Crazy Hats walk at Wicksteed Park

Hundreds of people wearing hats of all shapes and sizes helped turn Wicksteed Park pink for the 15th annual Crazy Hats walk.

About 1,700 people and their dogs lapped up the sunshine as they walked five miles in support of the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal yesterday (Sunday).

Ryan Baird, eight, with his NASA hat

Ryan Baird, eight, with his NASA hat

All money raised by the event will go towards improving breast cancer care at Kettering and Northampton general hospitals, and will add to the £2.3 million raised by the charity since it started in 2001.

Walkers joined Nigel Adair as he led them in a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone before the countdown to the walk got under way.

Once the ribbon was cut, a sea of pink started to make its way around the park, with some choosing to complete five laps of the main park while others opted for three laps around the lake.

Charity founder Glennis Hooper of Wellingborough said: “That snake of pink going around the park again was just amazing to see.

Warming up for the sponsored walk

Warming up for the sponsored walk

“It was an amazing day, we were astonished at the numbers.

“We think there were probably 1,700 people taking part, but Wicksteed Park reckons it was a lot more.

“It was just one of those days and everybody said how friendly it was and the warmth of everyone being there together.

“It is the coming together of so many like-minded people so thank you so much to everyone, but thank you also to our team and the people behind the scenes.

Time for a selfie!

Time for a selfie!

“It’s hard work to put such a huge event on, but I just feel so proud of everybody.”

Among those who attended this year’s walk were MPs Philip Hollobone, Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove, as well as a number of mayors from across the county.

Representatives from Avon, which donated £10,000 towards the walk, were also there.

Glennis has also thanked Wicksteed Park for hosting the event, sponsors including AO Copy, Premier, JHAI and Weetabix, and members of Kettering Rotary and Kettering Huxloe groups for helping out on the day.

She said they have had lots of lovely comments from people who said how well organised the event was and how smoothly it ran.

And Glennis added: “The hats were stunning this year and the judging was really difficult.”

All the winners from the day will receive their awards at special presentation night at Wicksteed Park on Friday.

For more information about the charity, click here