This unique, local charity was first established back in 2001 when its founder, former head teacher Glennis Hooper, was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very significant time in her life. Glennis has an amazing story to tell about her life, and that of thousands of others, since a simple, crazy idea became a reality whilst trying hats on in Debenhams in Northampton when she was on chemotherapy.
Crazy Hats supports all aspects of breast cancer care in Northamptonshire with a small percentage of funds being given to Leicester Royal Infirmary. With an initial donation of £5.00 from an 86 year old lady who had breast cancer at the same time as Glennis, the current total now stands at almost £1.8 million – an amazing amount! The majority of money raised has been spent on agreed projects in the breast care and oncology departments at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals to purchase many items of equipment and resources in order to maintain and enhance facilities ensuring that every patient’s breast cancer journey is as comfortable as it can be and that standards of care in the county remain high.
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As well as funding projects for the hospitals the charity also boasts its own support and therapy service at its headquarters in Wellingborough, both of which are very-much needed and very popular. Money is raised through many organised events put on by the charity, the annual Walk being, by far, the biggest annual event; events organised by others and donations given by groups, individuals and companies. The charity receives no grants.
Breast cancer is, undoubtedly, a very serious subject but somehow, everyone involved with the charity is passionate about the work being done, basically because most have ‘been there’ either as a patient or as a carer. The atmosphere is always positive and a lot of fun is had. We hope that by looking at this site you will feel the vibes and will want to become involved.
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