A team of fundraisers are preparing for their busiest month of the year with Breast Cancer Awareness Month starting on October 1.
But while the Crazy Hats team will be out and about during the month, they say every day should be a breast cancer awareness day with more and more women from across Northamptonshire going to the charity for support.
Numbers of breast cancer cases are currently very high and every week we are seeing more and more newly diagnosed people coming through our doorsGlennis Hooper
Glennis Hooper, founder of the Wellingborough-based charity which raises money to improve breast cancer care at Kettering and Northampton hospitals, said: “Our first pink day was at the Swansgate Centre in Wellingborough on Saturday where we raised a staggering £2,410, which is a new record for Crazy Hats.
“Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us and to those who talked to us as well.
“It made us realise more than ever how much we need a specialist breast cancer centre in the county.
“Numbers of breast cancer cases are currently very high and every week we are seeing more and more newly diagnosed people coming through our doors.
“Being able to provide this facility just one morning a week is simply not enough – we have to provide a much better service - and soon.
“We are working extremely hard to try and secure land somewhere in the borough of Wellingborough area so that this can happen – people tell us over and over again it is needed and donations are already being given – such is the belief in what is needed.
“If you know of anywhere please do get in touch.”
Events will be taking place throughout October to raise awareness of breast cancer, including numerous events by Crazy Hats at shopping centres across the county.
Several events raising money for Crazy Hats have also been organised, including a fashion show by the Wellingborough branch of M & Co at the Pemberton Centre in HE Bates Way, Rushden, on Friday, October 16.
Doors will open at 6.45pm for a 7.45pm start.
Tickets cost £8, including a goody bag, and they can be bought by calling Linda on 07796 757596 or Elaine on 07831 510590.
There will also be a Crazy Hatters vintage afternoon tea at Wellingborough Cricket Club in Redwell Road, Wellingborough, from 2pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday, October 20.
Entry is by ticket only.
Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from the Crazy Hats office on 01933 442999.
Miss Hooper added: “It’s a big month for us, but it should be 365 days of breast cancer awareness.
“We really want people to think pink and think local as we still have projects at the hospital which we need to fund.”
Anyone who would like to organise a fundraising event for Crazy Hats in October can call the office on 01933 442999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk for more details.