PICTURES: More than 2,000 walk for Northamptonshire’s Crazy Hats charity

Walkers created a sea of pink around Wicksteed Park to help improve breast cancer care in Northamptonshire.

Glorious sunshine provided the backdrop for the 13th annual Crazy Hats sponsored walk, also known as the 12 + 1 walk, held in Kettering on Sunday.

More than 2,000 people of all ages donned headwear of all shapes, sizes and colours for the walk.

Participants had the choice of the traditional five-mile walk around the park or to try out a new and slightly longer route around Wicksteed Park’s recently restored lake area.

But before they set off, there was a minute’s silence to remember all those who have been lost to breast cancer and the crowds were encouraged to join in with a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Again.

Glennis Hooper, of Wellingborough, who founded the charity after being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, thanked everyone who turned out for the walk before cutting the ribbon with Radio Northampton’s Bernie Keith and his dog Riley.

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

Money raised by the walk will take the charity over the £2m mark.

All funds go towards improving breast cancer care at both Kettering and Northampton general hospitals.

Prizes for a number of different categories, including craziest hat and largest medical team, will be presented at an awards night being held at Wicksteed Park on Friday evening.

For more information about the charity go to www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk.

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park

The 13th annual Crazy Hats Walk at Wicksteed Park