March along in park for annual Crazy Hats walk

Hundreds of people took part in the Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park last year
Hundreds of people took part in the Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park last year

The energetic and the not-so energetic, fit and unfit, young and old are being asked to take part in an annual fundraising walk.

Breast cancer charity Crazy Hats is holding its 11th annual walk at Wicksteed Park on Sunday, March 24, and wants as many people as possible to take part.

Crazy Hats, which has raised more than £1.5m for cancer care in the county since it was founded, is hoping to make this year’s walk the biggest.

Glennis Hooper, who founded Crazy Hats in 2002 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, said: “It is a huge undertaking but the fact that this is the 11th walk shows how popular it is.

“It is an emotional and uplifting morning when people who have been affected by cancer can get together and support each other. The atmosphere is spine-tingling.”

Last year more than 2,500 people took part in the event and Glennis wants to beat that this year.

She said: “It is getting bigger every year and it would be wonderful to get 3,000 walkers and break all records.”

Most people who take part sport headwear ranging from the eccentric to the eye-catching, and last year’s event raised £12,000 from entrance fees alone, and a further £35,000 from walkers’ sponsorship and donations.

The money has already been given to Kettering and Northampton Hospitals.

Cancer survival rates are improving in the county.

Almost two-thirds (66.5 per cent) of cancer patients living in Northamptonshire survived for at least 12 months after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, which are the most recent figures available.