Hospitals get £90,000 boost

Kettering General Hospital is to get cash from the Crazy Hats charity
Kettering General Hospital is to get cash from the Crazy Hats charity

Two county hospitals are in line for almost £90,000 of charity cash to support breast cancer patients.

Glennis Hooper, founder of Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal charity, had earmarked £100,000 for Leicester Royal Infirmary for a breast reconstruction unit.

But following delays in deciding its future, she will now give the cash to Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital, with £44,000 going to each. She said: “The money was raised for a new ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary, but two years after the project was launched, they still have not made their mind up.

“Because we’ve got such pressing engagements, I thought the money would be better spent locally.

“We are a local charity, we’ve got some good projects in Northamptonshire already, but this money will benefit the women in this county.

“A lot of local people take part in our yearly walk, and it is lovely for those who took part to know the money is going to be spent locally.”

Leicester Royal Infirmary, which treated Ms Hooper, will still get £25,000 from Crazy Hats.

The charity will now meet KGH bosses to discuss where the money can be spent, with a wish list drawn up by the hospital.

Northampton General has requested a Faxitron machine, which speeds up breast cancer detection.

KGH chief executive Lorene Read said: “Crazy Hats has helped us to make some very significant improvements to local breast care facilities and we look forward to continuing to work very closely with them.”

Crazy Hats has raised more than £600,000 for the hospital.