People are being asked to think pink, think local for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Fundraisers from the Wellingborough-based Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal are gearing up for the annual event to raise awareness of the disease.
But while it is a national campaign, the Crazy Hats team are keen for people to support them with their work to improve breast cancer services in Northamptonshire.
Glennis Hooper, who started the charity 13 years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer, said: “We are ready and will be out in force throughout the month to, not only raise awareness by meeting and talking to hundreds of people, but raising valuable funds to further enhance the work we do in the county to improve all aspects of breast cancer care.”
The charity has donated £800,000 to Kettering General Hospital for projects in the breast clinics and screening clinics, helping pay for surgical equipment, chairs, screening resources, a café and other items for the treatment centre. These have been requested by the medical teams to ensure standards are maintained and improved, especially with items that have not been possible to secure by the NHS, and items that make a difference to patients.
Northampton General Hospital has also received £750,000 to support like-for-like projects and about £80,000 has gone to Leicester Royal Infirmary’s plastic surgery department where many women opt to have breast reconstruction procedures performed.
The charity also provides a support service for patients and their carers linked with complementary therapy sessions.
Miss Hooper said: “Such is the demand for support the charity is actively looking and working with councillors to secure bigger and better premises in the locality so that its services can be extended to more than the one morning per week which it currently offers. For this to happen, funds are needed and the Crazy Hats team are urging the people of Northamptonshire to think local should they want to help.
“During October there are many national initiatives going on whereby money is raised for the bigger charities. This year Crazy Hats invites you to do something crazy, something local to help local people coming to terms with a diagnosis of breast cancer and to ensure that our local hospitals maintain high standards of care.”
The fundraisers will be in shopping centres during October, including Wellingborough’s Swansgate Centre on October 4, Kettering’s Newlands Centre on October 17 and Corby town centre on October 25.