Wellingborough's Crazy Hats charity buys holiday home to support breast cancer patients

A charity has bought a holiday home to offer short breaks to breast cancer patients and their families.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 11:27 am
Glennis Hooper and Marilyn Clapham outside the new holiday home

Glennis Hooper and Marilyn Clapham from Crazy Hats have just returned from Norfolk after the charity decided to buy a holiday home in Hunstanton.

The idea is that breast cancer patients will be able to stay there and take some time out to relax away from their treatment and hospital appointments.

It is hoped that the holiday home will be up and running by late February or early March next year.

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Glennis from Wellingborough said: “We have bought a caravan in Hunstanton on a lovely site.

“We are working towards giving breast cancer patients, couples and families a break from the routine of treatment and hospital appointments.

“We have seen so many families that we know would benefit from it.”

Glennis said the holiday home is a project she and the charity trustees have talked about for a long time and they are delighted it is now coming to fruition.

Since the charity was launched 15 years ago, it has given almost £2 million to support projects for equipment and resources at Kettering and Northampton general hospitals as well as Leicester Royal Infirmary.

While the Wellingborough-based charity will continue to raise money for projects at the hospitals which treat patients from the county, the holiday home project is just another way for it to support people undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The Crazy Hats team is also continuing to try and find bigger and better premises so it can open a breast cancer haven in the county which would mean people could drop-in and access a range of support from the charity.

Glennis added: “The holiday home has the facilities that we know will help people to escape and relax.

“Over the next couple of months we will be finalising paperwork, doing all that is necessary to get this service up and running, as well as striving to secure bigger and better premises nearer home to enable us to keep up with demand.”

For more information about Crazy Hats, its work and its fundraising, click here